- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The world’s former No. 1-rated female boxer is set to make her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut.

The UFC announced Thursday that Holly Holm will fight Colorado native Raquel Pennington on Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

Holm, a 32-year-old Albuquerque boxer who turned mixed martial arts fighter, signed with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion in July after months of negotiations.

Fans hope Holm’s signing means an eventual fight with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Last year, Holm announced her retirement from boxing to focus on an MMA career. She has a 33-2-3 record as a boxer and is 7-0 as an MMA fighter.

The bantamweight fighter says she wants to eventually fight Rousey but knows she has more MMA training to do.

“When I first started doing MMA, people asked me what my goal was in this, and my goal is to be the first female that has titles in both MMA and boxing because nobody’s done that,” Holm said shortly after signing with UFC.

Pennington has a 4-4 MMA record. She lost a close split decision to Jessica Andrade in March.

Holm currently is ranked No. 15 among women’s bantamweight fighters, according to UFC.com.

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