Holly Holm turned in arguably the best performance of her career on Saturday at UFC Fight Island 4. Throughout the 25 minute contest, Holm (14-5) dominated Irene Aldana from start to finish on way to an easy unanimous decision win.
The win now puts the former bantamweight queen on a two-fight winning streak, which is her first time posting a string of victorious since she started out her career 10-0.
Holm is always in the mix of things for a title shot and no doubt after her amazing performance over a rising contender in Aldana, Holm is knocking on the door of fighting in her sixth UFC championship fight. While the future is unknown at the moment, Holm isn’t looking too far into what’s next.
“I’m going to keep working hard,” Holm said in her post-fight interview. “That’s what I’m going to do. I know (dual champion Amanda Nunes has) got a lot doing on right now, with another fight already scheduled. There’s some tough girls coming up. I feel like the 135-pound division’s always pretty stacked, so I’m not going to set my sights on something too hard. I’m going to let the opportunity come and the next fight after the next fight. And whatever that may be, I’m going to put my heart and soul into it and do it again.”
Another fighter who is in title contention is Germaine de Randamie, who submitted Julianna Peña last night on the main card. If the division is held up due to Amanda Nunez holding both the bantamweight and featherweight titles, a Holm and de Randamie fight is a possibility. The two previously fought for the inaugural women’s featherweight title at UFC 208 in February 2017 in which de Randamie picked up a controversial decision win. Holm, who has spoken out about all the controversy in that fight, wouldn’t mind running that one back.
“That’s definitely an option,” Holm said. “I think everybody probably thought her and I might meet up again in there, so we’ll see what happens. We’ll see where it goes from here.”
While the matchmakers will figure out what’s next within the division, Holm is going to celebrate her impressive performance.
“It felt good to just go in there and get a dominating performance and not something that’s just too close,” Holm said. “There’s fights I’ve had that are brawls and some are in the clinch, and I’m like trying to put it all together and be a well rounded fighter.”