Holly Holm is once again fighting for UFC gold. In the co-main event of UFC 239, the former bantamweight champion will take on current champ-champ, Amanda Nunes for the bantamweight title.
Although Nunes has been the bantamweight champion since UFC 200. But, Holly Holm isn’t buying into her stock that she is unbeatable. Rather, she knows she has yet to fight someone like herself.
“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,” 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.”
Something Holly Holm is sick of hearing is the fact that Holm lost to Cris Cyborg while Nunes beat her. She knows MMA Math doesn’t work as styles make fights, and the 37-year-old is confident she leaves Las Vegas with the belt.
“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,” 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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