ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Garcia gets back on track with KO of own
Everyone knew 14-time world champion boxer Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm could punch.
On Friday night at Legacy 21 in Houston, she reminded everyone she can kick, too.
Making her debut in a four-fight, mixed-martial arts deal with Legacy Fighting Championship, the Albuquerque native delivered a devastating head kick to the right side of Allanna Jones’ head with 2 minutes, 22 seconds left in the five-minute second round.
The kick landed Jones (2-3) on her back, and Holm pounced on her opponent as referee Joshua Ferrero was trying to dive in between, calling an end to the bantamweight fight.
Holm, whose previous three MMA fights were all in New Mexico and when she was still pursuing her world champion boxing career, improved to 4-0 as an MMA fighter, with all four wins coming by knockout.
This was the first fight for Holm since hanging up the boxing gloves to focus exclusively in MMA, where she trains at Albuquerque’s Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA with Mike Winkeljohn, who trained Holm throughout her boxing career.
Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia, a fellow Jackson-Winkeljohn-trained fighter, immediately followed the Holm head-kick knockout with a third round knockout of his own.
Garcia (16-11-1) won by knockout (head kick and punches) 24 seconds into the third round over featherweight opponent Rey Trujillo (14-11).
The win for Garcia ends a five-fight losing streak that led to his being dropped as a UFC fighter. Garcia has said he wants to win a Legacy championship and end his career back in the UFC.