UFC Rumors: Holly Holm eyeing to fight the winner of Nunes-Shevchenko UFC 213 bout

Holly Holm (Photo courtesy: Jeff Cleary/
PHOTOGRAPH: Jeff Cleary/ | Holly Holm

Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm snapped a three-fight losing streak after beating Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111 in Kallang, Singapore. In an Instagram post, Correia congratulated Holm and vowed to bounce back in her next fight.

“I want to congratulate Holly for the fight. Even though she was coming from three losses she didn’t quit and hide and fought me on the main event. I want to thank all my fans, partners and team. I won’t return with the victory I dreamed of, but I return with my head held high with a dream to fight in Asia realized and being a protagonist of the night. A dream a lot of people have but never realized. I can only say this to my fans that like Bethe Correia: I WILL BE BACK STRONGER THAN EVER! YOU CAN BE SURE OF IT!!!!! #betheeffect #strongwoman #ufcsingapore,” Correia wrote.

Holly Holm vs Bethe Correia: When taunting goes wrong

At UFC Fight Night 111, UFC women’s bantamweight contenders Holly Holm and Bethe Correia tried to gauge each other’s strength in the first two rounds. Holm obtained most of her points via kicks while Correia countered with punches. Neither of the two fighters landed a critical hit.

The fight became so boring that referee Marc Goddard warned them for timidity. Their sluggish performance continued in the third round. However, everything changed after Correia taunted Holm. She dropped her guard and looked confident to engage in an extreme exchange.

While Correia was taunting her, Holm immediately hit her with a left high kick that sent him to the mat. “The Preacher’s Daughter” followed up with a slashing left hand before the referee came in to stop the fight. It was the same move she used to take down Ronda Rousey in November 2015. Unfortunately, she failed to defend the title and lost two more bouts, including her fight against Germaine de Randamie where the first UFC women’s featherweight belt is on the line.

What’s next for Holly Holm?

With her victory over Correia, Holm will have the chance to fight for the title once again. As of now, she emerged as one of the top favorites to fight the winner of Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko UFC 213 bout. If she will not be next title contender, Holm could fight Julianna Pena first. Pena was considered as the only fighter standing in Holm’s way to a title fight.

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