This Saturday night, on the main card of UFC 225, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will battle Megan Anderson in a fight that is likely to produce the next challenger for featherweight champ Cris Cyborg. While a win at UFC 225 could easily earn Holm another crack at Cyborg, who she lost a decision to in December, she still feels like the bantamweight division is her true home.
“I definitely feel like 135 is a little more my home,” Holm said Friday at a UFC 225 media lunch (via MMAFighting).
For Holm, this featherweight bout with Anderson was simply too interesting an opportunity to pass up. That said, she would like to return to the bantamweight division for her next fight.
“This was the opportunity that presented itself and what seemed good for right now,” Holm said of the Anderson matchup. “I’m just gonna take this fight and after that I would like to be able to go back to 135 and maybe fight for the belt. I know I’m the No. 1 contender there. Why not try and go back to that? How awesome would that be to be able to get my belt back? That’s what I want.”
While Holm is interested in returning to the bantamweight division in the near future, she is interested in an eventual rematch with Cyborg.
“It was a really close fight,” Holm said. “I didn’t just go to survive it. I went to beat her. That was my plan — not just say I did it. I’ve said this before. I’m not going in there to get a participation ribbon, [to] just say I did it. I did it because I want the gold and that’s what I’m going for.”
“I’d like to have another chance at it if the chance presents itself. It’s hard right now. I definitely have this fight in front of me, but like I said, I’d like to go back to fight for the belt at 135 as well. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
Needless to say, Holly Holm seems to have plenty of interesting options ahead, no matter how her UFC 225 bout with Megan Anderson unfolds.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/4/2018.