Holly Holm Shuts Down Retirement Talk: ‘I Still Want To Fight’

Former boxer and UFC women’s bantamweight champion made it clear that she has no plan to retire from sports yet.

Holm had massive success early in her career. With her defeat at UFC 219 against Cris Cyborg, Holm fell to 1-4 since her legendary knockout of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November 2015, with her lone win coming against Bethe Correia.

Despite her bad stretch, Holm is not stopping as she feels she still has plenty to give to MMA. During her recent interview with The MMA Hour, Holm discusses her fighting future and why she won’t call it quits yet:

“A lot of people have been asking me, ‘You had four out of five losses, so you know, you are 36, are you going to retire now?’ I still want to fight, and that’s the bottom line. There are people who tell me I’m the only one who took her (Cyborg) that far, and others telling me to retire. I’m like, ‘Why would I want to retire when I just gave her the toughest fight?’ You know what I mean?” she asked.

“And in a weight class that’s a heavier weight class that I usually fight in, against the biggest person. I was still the one to give her the toughest fight, so I don’t really understand the retirement questions. Maybe it’s just because of the four of five has gone. I don’t see it that way. I am still competitive and have the capability and I still want to do it.”

Holly Holm fought and lost to Cyborg by decision at UFC 219 last December, but she was the first fighter to go the distance with the current women’s featherweight champion since 2008. Her end goal is to get a rematch down the road.

“I feel like I am the bigger fighter at 135, but at 145 there is so much less stress about worrying about every meal and cutting weight is super easy and it takes that stress away. There are pluses and minuses for either one, but I am open to either.”

Who do you think Holly Holm should fight next?

Published on March 8, 2018 at 12:00 am
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