Newly crowned UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm threw the mixed martial arts (MMA) world for a loop when she shockingly knocked out former dominant champion Ronda Rousey in the main event of last weekend’s (November 14, 2015) UFC 193 from Australia.
Apparently her historic upset has been quite inspiring as well, especially to one of her teammates back in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Jackson-Winklejohn MMA.
Former interim UFC welterweight champion “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit is gearing up for the biggest fight of his life as he is set to take on current 170-pound kingpin “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler in the main event of January 2’s UFC 195.
Recently speaking on his now champion teammate, Condit made it quite clear that Holm has been an inspiration, adding the fact that “The Preacher’s Daughter” is consistently amongst the hardest workers in a gym filled with stars:
“Definitely inspired,” Condit told MMAjunkie Radio. “Holly put on an amazing performance and I’m just so proud of her. The fight was awesome, but she’s an inspiring person to be around in the gym.
“She trains as hard or harder than anyone else, and there’s a lot of that (at Jackson-Winkeljohn’s MMA). We’ve got a really cool thing going on, and she’s a big part of that.”
As far as his fight with Lawler goes, “The Natural Born Killer” admits that he has a tough challenge in front of him. Condit knows that he will need a strong strategical game plan, but he notes that the most important part is executing on fight night:
“As a puzzle, it’s probably one of the most difficult ones I’ve had to analyze and we’ve had to break down,” he said. “It will be tough. There’s breaking down the puzzle and saying what we’re going to do and then there’s actually going and execute it when you’ve got somebody like Robbie trying to flatten out the wrinkles in your brain.”
As two of the most brutal and dangerous strikers in the 170-pound division, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Lawler and Condit produce fireworks in January.
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