Former UFC Champ Holly Holm: ‘I don’t want my whole career to be defined around getting the belt from Ronda’

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Former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm is set to fight Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 for the newly created featherweight title. Holm wants to be known as the best mixed martial artist and not just the fighter who defeated Ronda Rousey.

“I don’t want my whole career to be defined around getting the belt from Ronda,” Holm said.  “I want my career to be defined by me being the best fighter I can be and accomplishing the biggest things I can, from whatever competition comes in front of me. So I want this for me for my career. I want them to remember everything after. I want to be able to do a lot in this career still.”

At UFC 193, Holly Holm made herself known in the world of MMA after knocking out Ronda Rousey in the second round. She ended Rousey’s undefeated streak and was crowned as the new UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Unfortunately, her reign didn’t last long as she was defeated by Miesha Tate in her first title defense at UFC 196.

Holm aimed to improve her ranking with a fight against contender Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on Fox 20. However, she suffered her second defeat, lowering her chance to fight for the title. When Ronda Rousey decided to fight again, rumors about their rematch started to circulate.

The UFC created a women’s featherweight division where Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie will faceoff. Before UFC 207, UFC president Dana White revealed their plan to set up a rematch between Rousey and Holm, provided that both of them win their respective bouts.

Holly Holm doesn’t care whether Rousey is retired or not

Unfortunately, the idea was scrapped as reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes only needed 48 seconds to defeat Rowdy. Rousey’s future in MMA remains uncertain but it doesn’t matter at all for Holly Holm.

“Who knows if Ronda’s done or not,” Holm said. “Maybe she’ll come back in the future. Maybe she just needs a little time to really take time off. I know she had a year off but it was a year off and back into a title fight. I think any fighter they can only know for themselves what they really feel, but I guess I don’t really feel like I broke her, but I do know that coming off of the knockout, when I knocked her out, that helped the fight with Nunes go faster if that makes any sense.”

Though Holm is the favorite to win at UFC 208, the outcome of the match depends on how both fighters focus inside the Octagon. As Damon Martin of notes, their ability to either go to the ground or stay off the mat could be key for them to walk away with the title.

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