Former UFC Champion Holly Holm, Fighter James Toney Chosen For Boxing Hall Of Fame Class of 2022
Two fighters who competed under the UFC company will be in the International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
Former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm and one-fight UFC veteran James Toney will be inducted as part of the 2022 class, the IBHOF said on Tuesday. The induction ceremony will take place on June 9-12, 2022, as part of a three-year induction weekend commemorating the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022.
The list includes boxers, trainers, contributors, and members of the international boxing media. The latest group is composed of ten athletes and three boxing media members.
Holm and Toney are the first UFC fighters to be inducted into the IBHOF.
Holm began her professional boxing career in 2002 while participating in kickboxing and fought for 11 years before switching to MMA full time. Holm was a pro boxer who went 33-2-3 with nine knockout victories.
She won the inaugural UFC women’s bantamweight championship in 2015, defeating Ronda Rousey with a head kick and follow-up punches. She defended the title against Miesha Tate in 2016 before losing it to Amanda Nunes at UFC 208.
Toney began his pro boxing career in 2001, but didn’t move up to heavyweight until 2004.
He went on to win eight world championships in seven weight classes, including one in MMA at heavyweight, which later became defunct.
Toney, a three-division world champion in boxing, has a 77-10-3 record, winning trophies in the middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight weight categories.
He just competed in MMA once in a crossover bout at UFC 118 in 2010. He fought former champion Randy Couture but was defeated by submission in the first round.
Miguel Cotto, Roy Jones Jr., Regina Halmich, Bill Caplan, Ron Borges, and Bob Yalen are also members of the 2022 class of inductees. Tod Morgan and Chuck Hull will be inducted posthumously.