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Holly Holm not worried about potential champion vs. champion fight with Ronda Rousey: 'A lot can hap
Holly Holm was on top of the world after knocking out Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. Undefeated, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion and having just knocked off a woman once thought unbeatable, Holm seemed unstoppable.
Holm (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is now riding a two-fight losing skid, unable to find success in the octagon since the career defining win over Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC). However, she now has the opportunity to become a champion in the UFC’s newly created women’s featherweight division.
Holm faces Germaine de Randamie (7-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC 208, which takes place Feb. 11 and airs on pay-per-view from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
While appearing as a guest fighter at this past weekend’s UFC on FOX 22, Holm explained how the surprising bout – especially surprising for the bout not including 145-pound queen Cristiane Justino – came about.
“There’s been about four fights that have been set up over the last three weeks,” Holm told MMAjunkie. “There were a couple opponents they talked about. They said, ‘Do you want to fight ‘Cyborg’ at 140 (pounds)?’ I said sure. That didn’t go through so they said Cat Zingano, January 28 in Denver and I said ok, but that’d didn’t go through. Then they just called, I was just done training – I’ve been training really hard lately, actually. Partly because I know I can because my hand is healed from my last fight, and partly because whatever came, I wanted to be ready for.
“I was actually at the gym and Mr. Winklejohn was on his way out of town and called and said, ‘Holly, I hate to bug you, I’m out of town. Germaine de Randamie, at 145 for the belt on February 11. I think it’s great. What do you think?'”
Holm thought the opportunity was too good to pass up, obviously.
While some have taken issue with Justino’s absence from the bout in a division she has controlled for years. Holm saw no reason to pass up an opportunity simply because of the optics of the situation.
“I do want to take advantages of opportunities that are given to me,” Holm said. “I do still have a lot to prove, coming off of two losses. I’m ready to get in there and just do whatever it takes, whether it’s at 135 or 145. I’m just ready to make a statement again.”
Rousey is set to face off with current bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes (13-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC). The bout marks Rousey’s first fight since her shocking knockout loss to Holm.
A rematch between Holm and Tate has been a hot topic since the first fight. Now, with both women vying for championships, the path is set up for a champion vs. champion showdown.
Holm, however, is not concerning herself with what-if situations. Instead, she’s focused on her upcoming fight.
“I don’t think about it because there’s a lot that has to happen,” Holm said. “That’s what I tell people when they ask about it and say, ‘Hey, don’t you want to rematch Ronda?’ Well, there’s still a fight that’s taking place Dec. 30 and a fight that’s taking place Feb. 11. Depending on how both of those go, that could be the make or break of everything. Who knows what’s going to happen in three months? Anything can happen in three months.”