Holly Holm is fighting for the bantamweight title once again at UFC 239 against reigning division queen Amanda Nunes.
Holm will be looking to reclaim the gold she had previously earned at UFC 193 by knocking out Ronda Rousey.
The New Mexico native, Holly Holm, never successfully defended the 135-pound title, as she was submitted by Miesha Tate following her sensational KO win over ‘Rowdy’.
Since then, Amanda Nunes has become the bantamweight champion and recently proclaimed herself to be the greatest women’s fighter of all-time. It’s hard to argue with the ‘Lioness’, who became the first women’s ‘champ champ’ in history by knockout out Cris Cyborg at UFC 232.
Even Amanda’s opponent, Holly Holm agrees that Nunes great. However, despite The Brazilians accomplishments, Holm will not be impressed unless she herself is defeated by Nunes.
“In order to have two belts in two different divisions, you have to be a special something,” Holm said to MMA Junkie. “But she hasn’t faced Holly and that’s the bottom line.
“This is a whole different fight,” Holly Holm continued. “Is she great? Yes. Am I up against a great fighter? Yeah. It wouldn’t be a big expectant title fight, she wouldn’t be where she’s at if she hadn’t done great things. So yes, it’s a very big fight but I’m ready for it I’ve been training my butt off and that’s what I’m doing. I’m working for a win.”
Meanwhile, ahead of this fight, Holly Holm has heard it all. That she lost to Valentina Shevchenko and Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes beat those two. So, therefore, it will be an easy win for the champ-champ. Yet, Holm isn’t buying any of that as she knows styles make fights and is confident her style is one that will be hard to adjust to for the champion.
“When you go out for a slugfest, anybody who lands that is going to go down,” Holm said. “Every fight makes a difference, the Cyborg and my fight is different than the fight between Amanda and Cyborg. You can look at things in a lot of different ways. You can look at something like Shevchenko and Nunes where Shevchenko gave her a hard time where she was so technical.
“And then you look at someone like Cyborg, Shevchenko is a champ at 125 and Cyborg is champ at 145 and (Nunes and Shevchenko) fought at 135,” Holly Holm continued. “And you know Amanda is knocking out the bigger one and having a hard time with the lighter one. So you can’t ever look at a fight and be like oh, she did this in that fight so she’s going to do that to me. Every fighter has a different style and nobody is the same. I’m not Cyborg, I’m not Shevchenko, I’m Holly Holm.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/25/2019.