Rousey to Fight World’s Former No. 1-Rated Female Boxer Next

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has announced her next fight will be against the world’s former No. 1-rated female boxer.

Rousey told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday that she will defend her title against former world champion boxer Holly Holm in Las Vegas on Jan. 2.

Holm, a 33-year-old Albuquerque boxer turned mixed martial arts fighter, signed with the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion last year after months of negotiations.

Rousey called Holm the sport’s “most decorated striker” and said the fight will be her “biggest challenge to date.”

Fans had hoped Holm’s signing and entry into UFC would lead to an eventual fight with Rousey, who needed only 34 seconds to beat her last opponent, Bethe Correia, earlier this month.

Rousey has a 12-0 record; Holm is 9-0.