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Holm lands MMA deal, fights July 19

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque MMA fighter Holly Holm has signed a four-fight contract with the Texas promotional firm Legacy Fighting Championship, Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s local promoter, said Wednesday.

Holm is scheduled to make her LFC debut July 19 in Houston.

Fresquez said the agreement with LFC will provide Holm the experience and exposure she needs to get to the top of mixed-martial arts in as brief a time as possible.

Holm, 31, recently announced her retirement from boxing after a highly successful, 11-year ring career, saying she wanted to focus exclusively on MMA. Thus far, she’s 3-0 as a cagefighter.

The long-term goal, Fresquez said, remains a fight with UFC women’s bantamweight (135-pound) champion Ronda Rousey.

Fresquez said he doesn’t expect that to happen within the span of the four LFC fights, but he said the contract is flexible enough to allow that if it is determined Holm is ready and if Rousey is available.

He said the contract also allows Fresquez to promote an MMA show with Holm in Albuquerque, probably in September.

“(Holm) will have had five fights in 18 months, and by that time she’ll be more than ready for Ronda,” Fresquez said. “(Legacy Fighting Championship) was the only company that fit all our needs.”

Fresquez said he also had discussions with The World Series of Fighting and with the UFC. The UFC wanted Holm to get more experience, Fresquez said, “but we are in communications with them. They’re keeping very close tabs on her to see how she progresses.”

Legacy Fighting Championship is a 6-year-old company. It will stage its 20th event Friday in Corpus Christi.

Albuquerque’s Damacio Page, who trains with Holm at Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts, is scheduled to fight Patrick Ybarra on LFC 20 in Corpus Christi. Longtime Jackson-Winkeljohn fighter Leonard Garcia recently signed with LFC and is scheduled to make his debut July 19.

ELSEWHERE: Santa Fe’s Isaac Vallie-Flagg has withdrawn from his fight on UFC 161, scheduled June 15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, because of a back injury.

… Jackson-Winkeljohn’s Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone earned $82,000 for his victory over K.J. Noons on UFC 160, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission – half of that figure for showing up, half for winning.

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