Holly Holm hasn’t offered up on her quest to regain UFC gold, and she’s self-confident beating Irene Aldana in their forthcoming headliner could set up yet another title shot.
Holm (13-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) has been caught up in some backlash for the variety of championship alternatives she’s gained since shedding the women’s bantamweight title in March 2016 just after winning it with an all-time knockout of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. She’s fought in a few title bouts throughout two divisions, with her most latest likelihood remaining a to start with-spherical TKO loss to Amanda Nunes in July 2019 at UFC 239.
She’s due to the fact rebounded with a unanimous decision get in excess of Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 in January, and now Holm, No. 7 in the newest United states of america Currently Sports activities/MMA Junkie women’s bantamweight rankings, is established to combat No. 5 Aldana in a main celebration location Aug. 1 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. If she can get that, Holm stated she “could unquestionably be next in line for the belt,” regardless of what critics may possibly consider.
“I’ve fallen quick of finding that title back again much more than the moment, and it’s annoying, but I know I hold fighting the really best-ranked women, so I’m consistently right there,” Holm explained to MMA Junkie. “I’m however aching for it. I continue to want it. That is a whole lot to say. Some men and women say, ‘Oh, I want the belt’ then they don’t truly believe about it. I know just how significantly work that can take to get there, and I know it took a significant commitment.
“You’ve acquired to get fights together the way and when it will come, I simply cannot allow the chance slip by means of my fingers yet again. Obviously it’s proper there. I know men and women say, ‘Oh, she’s had loads of title fights.’ There is a motive: Since I hold battling the most effective, and I hold keeping ideal there. A good deal of occasions I’m just one particular battle absent. No make any difference what, I have Irene Aldana in front of me.”
Holm’s primary title operate was relatively brief. She stunned the environment and knocked out Rousey in November 2015, then turned around four months afterwards and succumbed to a stunning comeback-from-powering submission to Miesha Tate to drop the title. The probabilities to get it back have not long gone her way, but that title was precious to Holm in the time she had it, and she will not prevent hoping to climb back again to the top rated.
Though there are a good deal of benefits that come with remaining a UFC winner, these kinds of as larger pay and notoriety, Holm claimed her good reasons are purely selfish.
“It’s just being aware of I’m No. 1,” Holm explained. “It’s not always the recognition to other folks it is not trying to verify other persons wrong. I labored so tough that I want to defeat the greatest so that I can be the greatest. That’s it. When you have the belt on you, that means you defeat the ideal, and that is what I want. I want to be No. 1.”
If Holm would like to be in that title spot at any time before long, then winning in opposition to Aldana is a must. It will not be straightforward, specifically with the Mexican boxing stylist coming off a vicious knockout of the formerly unbeaten Ketlen Vieira at UFC 245 in December.
“My purpose is just to be clearer, more robust, sharper, and a lot more well rounded,” Holm reported. “I want to do all of that. I know she’s coming. She’s bought a large amount of movement she’s obtained long punches and extended arms. She’s one of the taller bantamweights. Every single fighter brings their personal strengths, and my job is just to be better at any of all those issues, and that is what I’m striving to do.”