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If You Ask Holly Holm, She Feels Ready For UFC Title Shot

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When Holly Holm stepped inside the boxing ring, she knew she was getting the best out of her opponent.

That hasn’t changed now that Holm is a member of the UFC’s roster, as she understands everyone else in the female bantamweight division wants to bring her down.

Holm, a multi-time world boxing champion in several different weight classes, signed with the promotion earlier this year. She is still recovering from an arm injury and does not have a fight lined up at the moment.

Her name, though, has been thrown around for the likes of Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano and even division champion Ronda Rousey.

“It’s a lot of pressure,” said Holm, during an interview with UFC Tonight. “It’s exciting. I haven’t made it anywhere yet. I still have all the work ahead of me, but the fact that I have a target on my back, I like that.

“It motivates me and makes me want to train harder.”

Holm (7-0) has won six of her seven MMA fights via finish after becoming an 18-time boxing champion and amassing a record of 33-2-3. She trains with Jackson-Winkeljohn out of New Mexico and also won a pair of kickboxing fights before joining up with the UFC.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “If you don’t want to beat the best, you shouldn’t really be in it. I just want to take one step at a time. I want to fight for the title. It’s one of my goals and dreams, and I’m just going to keep shooting for it.”

Holm couldn’t place a number on how many bouts she would need to win before earning a shot at Rousey – or whoever is holding the UFC female bantamweight title – but she does feel ready.

“I think I want it and I want it right away,” Holm said. “Then I think, let’s take baby steps. I’ve never been one to choose a certain opponent. I’ll let the UFC pick. I want to take whatever is given to me and take one fight at a time.”

  • robthom

    I suppose anything is possible in the wasteland farce of wmma.
    A boxer with no grappling experience certainly would go far in normal MMA.
    I’m not even sure thats gonna work in wmma against one brute force armbar enthusiast.

    Maybe if she wears one boxing glove that might help.

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