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Holly Holm dominated the sport of women’s boxing for several years.

Now, Holm has the opportunity of a lifetime when she faces Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight belt at UFC 193 this November. The bout was moved up from January after an injury to welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.

The 33-year-old Holm (9-0) is just two fights deep into her UFC career, but officials saw enough to place her in front of Rousey, who has bested several unbeaten challengers in recent defenses.

“At first, I was nervous,” said Holm, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “Now, I’m thinking, ‘Why wait? Let’s do it now.

“Fighting is never the easy route. You have to take the challenges. I’m going to go in there to win. I have a lot of work to do.”

After winning the Legacy FC title in 2014, Holm signed with the UFC. She scored a split decision over Raquel Pennington in her debut this past February, while she added a decision over Marion Reneau in July. Prior to that, she had scored six finishes in her MMA career.

Despite her background in boxing, Holm knows she can’t just rely on one tool to best Rousey.

“I can’t just use boxing footwork,” she said. “I have to be ready for a lot of situations. I can’t just let her punch me and let her put me on the ground. I have to use footwork, but I need to work on a game plan to give her problems.”

Holm has also come to realize that this is the biggest fight of her career, adding “it can’t get any bigger than this. She’s been the most dominant champion of any fighter ever. It’s huge.”

ronda rousey

Add breakfast sandwich spokeperson to the resume for Ronda Rousey, as the reigning UFC female bantamweight champion stars in the latest commercial for “Carl’s Jr.”

Rousey is promoting the french toast breakfast sandwich, and joins a long-line of celebrities to work with the fast-food provider.

Check out the commercial in the video below:

the ultimate fighter 22 finale

Chad Mendes has long-been a follower of former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

This December, Mendes will get to share the Octagon with Edgar, as the two headline The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. The event takes place in Las Vegas, a night before Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor battle to unify the featherweight titles.

For “Money,” this was a fight long on his radar, as he told “UFC Tonight” recently.

“This is a fight a lot of people wanted to see for a long time,” Mendes said. “I’ve been watching Frankie for a long time. When I worked my way up the rankings and he dropped down to 145, I figured we would face each other. The time is now and I’m excited. He’s a scrapper. We have similar styles. He has great cardio, pushes the pace and mixes his boxing with wrestling.

“The winner will be right in line for the title. It’s a huge fight for me. ”

Mendes (17-3) believes he has one key advantage in the fight: his power. He finished Cody McKenzie, Yaotzin Meza, Darren Elkins, Clay Guida and Ricardo Lamas during a recent run that netted the Team Alpha Male fight two shots at UFC gold.

“I can put anyone to sleep with one punch,” he said. “Since dropping down to 145, I don’t think (Edgar’s) power is there like it was at 155. If I fight a smart fight, I win this fight.

“I’m more dangerous than he is if I’ve had a full camp. I’m a very dangerous fighter.”

After an injury to Aldo, UFC officials asked – and Mendes answered – for the fighter to step in on short notice and face McGregor for the interim title. He suffered a second round TKO loss.

The decision was one that has left Mendes hungry for a rematch with “Notorious.”

“That was 110-percent the factor. None of those body kicks hurt at all,” Mendes said. “Going into the fight, I was in decent shape and talking it up, but I wasn’t in five-round shape. With a full camp, I destroy that guy. He better not try to ditch out to 155. He owes me a rematch with a full camp. We’ll see if he’s man enough to do that.”

As for that upcoming Aldo-McGregor contest, having spent almost eight rounds inside the cage with both fighters, Mendes has a pretty good idea on what is going to happen.

“I think Aldo wins the fight. He’s more athletic, he’s faster and he hits harder. He has more weapons,” Mendes said. “Conor has splashy spinning kicks, but it’s nowhere near what Aldo has. He’s going to find out real soon.”

urijah faber

Urijah Faber has reached a point in his MMA career where he can say and talk about literally anything he wants.

The former WEC champion and multi-time UFC title contender recently appeared on an episode of Submission Radio to talk about a number of subjects.

While he doesn’t have a fight lined up, “The California Kid” did just finish filming The Ultimate Fighter 22 alongside interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The two had a minor “dust-up” backstage at an event, and that fire continued to grow during filming, though a relationship also formed.

“It’s interesting,” Faber said. “(Dominick) Cruz and I don’t like each other, but Conor and I have a funny relationship. We like to talk crap to each other, but I actually think he’s a decent dude. I think as a competitor, he’s a guy that likes to win and that makes for a good competition. I was pretty pumped about it.”

During TUF, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and McGregor “got into it” on multiple occasions.

“It’s funny ’cause Conor and I have been around each other and have an interesting relationship, but him and T.J. on two different occasions have gotten into it with things escalating to them kind of bad mouthing each other,” Faber said. “So there’s a little tension there as well and I think that’s a good fight the fans would love to see.

“One time T.J. and Conor and I in the back of the Ronda Rousey fight in LA, we were in just a private little bar with celebrities and the UFC brass and words were exchanged, and TJ was talking about Conor’s title shot and Conor went back and forth and they were getting on each other’s nerves, really. So I think they ended up having to be split up a little bit.”

Faber also had stern words for former TAM head coach Duane Ludwig, who continues to work with Dillashaw and others.

“From my stand point, what I’ve seen from him, I don’t like the way he treats people,” he said. “He’s a bully, he’s done things that have really rubbed me the wrong way as far as building a positive environment, and I feel bad for the people that are stuck with him, because he takes and he takes and he takes, and it’s not the way that I built my team and I don’t appreciate his negativity.

“So for me, I’m done with the guy.”

melvin guillard

With no UFC this weekend, Bellator takes center stage with an Octagon veteran in the main event.

Bellator 141 goes down Friday night from Temecula, California and the Pechanga Resort and Casino with Melvin Guillard making his promotional debut vs. Brandon Girtz.

Guillard has fought for both the UFC and World Series of Fighting before, joining a select list of fighters to compete for the three main MMA promotions in the U.S. Girtz has won 11 of 15 career fights, while Guillard is 32-14-2 with a pair of no-contests in his long career.

Other Spike TV main card bouts include Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Saad Award, Justin Wren vs. Josh Burns and Raphael Butler vs. Lorenzo Hood.

The prelim lineup boasts fighters such as Marloes Coenen, Derek Anderson, Brent Primus and Curtis Millender.

Check out the current lineup below, along with a video preview of the card:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Melvin Guillard Vs. Brandon Girtz

Lightweight: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Saad Awad

Heavyweight: Josh Burns vs. Justin Wren

Heavyweight: Raphael Butler vs. Lorenzo Hood


Female Featherweight: Marloes Coenen vs. Ariene Biencowe

Female Featherweight: Adrienna Jenkins vs. Lissette Neri

Welterweight: Curtis Millender vs. Steven Ciacco

Welterweight: Johnny Cisneros vs. Gabriel Miglioli

Female Flyweight: Ilima Macfarlane vs. Maria Rios

Featherweight: James Barnes vs. A.J. McKee

Light Heavyweight: Luc Bondole vs. Ray Sloan

Lightweight: Derek Anderson vs. Brent Primus

Welterweight: A.J. Matthews vs. Emiliano Sordi

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