Holli Salazar is looking to introduce herself to the MMA world in a big way this Wednesday when she competes in a high-profile women’s welterweight fight airing live on UFC Fight Pass, battling the highly-touted Maura Tynanes at Alaska FC 136.
Salazar (0-0) will be making her professional debut following a successful amateur run in which she’s coming off an impressive 40-second submission win over Camee Adams. Salazar fights out of Colorado and currently trains at the Golden Fights Cage Wars MMA Gym.
“I’m one of the bigger girls at the gym, so they’re always pushing me to go harder, my coaches have pushed me farther than I ever thought I could go” Salazar told CraigDailyPress when discussing training at the gym.
The 26-year-old specializes in kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and muay-thai. However, Salazar believes her stand-up skills are what will impress fans the most.
“They all go together, and if you can be strong at all of them, you can really control your opponent. I really enjoy the ground work and learning different submissions, but my stand-up is probably my strongest. I’m just ready to get in there and get it done.” Salazar said.
Over the past few years, the heavier female divisions contested at lightweight and above have gained significant attention thanks to the success of women including King Reina, Jozette Cotton, Gabi Garcia, Destanie Yarbrough and Cindy Dandois. Salazar believes she will be the woman to put the welterweight division on the map and hopes to prove it with an impressive showing on Wednesday.
Alaska Fighting Championship 136 takes place this Wednesday (January 17) from the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The entire event will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass from 11:59pm EST.