Unbeaten in mixed martial arts, Holm’s biggest accomplishments, thus far, in combat sports have come in boxing. She’s held titles in three separate weight classes and defended them 18 times throughout her 11-year career as a pugilist.
Her two Octagon outings have resulted in decision wins. She admits that the title shot came quicker than she’d have thought, but when opportunity comes knocking at your door — you answer.
“Did it (the title shot) come sooner than we’d think? It’s not a lie to say yeah. It came soon, but I’m really excited for it,” she said during the UFC’s recent “Go Big” press conference in Las Vegas.
“There’s so many girls in the division, but guess what, even since before I signed with the UFC it was like, hey, so when are you going to fight Ronda? Well, now we’ve got it scheduled and I can really focus on it,” added the Jackson-Winkeljohn’s trained fighter.
Although there were female MMA pioneers before her, Rousey kicked down the door for women to compete on the biggest stage in the sport. Holm respects what Rousey has done, but still plans to beat her when they meet in the UFC 193 main event on Nov. 14 in Melbourne, Australia.
“She’s done a lot for the sport, and that’s helped pave the way for us. I’m not going to lie about that or deny that. I have all the respect in the world for her, but I’m very competitive,” said Holm. “I feel like I belong in there as well, so I’m going with every thing that I’ve got.”
The 33-year-old Holm knows what she’s up against in a fight with Rousey, who won the 2014 ESPY for Best Female Athlete. She understands that she’s the underdog, but plans to be a dog with bite.
“Everybody has their opinions about it, and that’s great. Nobody would want to watch a fight if they knew what was going to happen. The unknown is there and anything can happen,” she said. “I’m very capable. I’m walking with every bit of confidence into this fight, confidence without being cocky or overconfident.”
Strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk puts her title on the line against Canadian Valérie Létourneau in the fight card’s co-main event. It will be the first time in the fight promotion’s history that two females fights headlined a pay-per-view event.