She may be the darling of UFC these days, but there was a time when accomplished puncher Holly Holm was given an excruciating beating by Anne Sophie Mathis.
On a dark night for referee Rocky Burke in 2011, Holm was handed an absolute pasting by Mathis before showing remarkable guts and skill to overturn the result in a second fight.
Holm was battered around the ring in round six and staggered to her corner on the final bell, before Mathis finished the job on the ropes in the seventh when the contest should have been stopped way before.
Burke failed to step in what could now be used as an exercise video for how not to stop a fight, as Holm was all over the place and in no position to defend herself, let alone take massive free shots from Mathis.
Most fighters would run a mile from a return with an opponent that had laid them out cold as fans winced from behind their fingers, but not Holm, as the former WBA champion fought Mathis again just six months later.
This time around, Holm used her superior boxing ability to out-point Mathis over ten rounds and show the kind of resolve that has made ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ a celebrated part of combat sports today.
Note: First fight ending is not for the squeamish