Top UFC women’s bantamweight contender Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm has experienced a sudden fall from grace in recent months. She first lost her 135-pound title in March at the hands of Miesha Tate, and most recently she was defeated by Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of last weekend’s (July 30, 2016) UFC on FOX 20 from Chicago, Illinois.
Speaking with MMAJunkie on the loss, Holm admits that she’d just like to get back into the cage because she doesn’t want to be remembered for ‘one great fight’, and of course that fight would be her bout with previously dominant champion Ronda Rousey last November in which she scored a breathtaking knockout victory:
“Coming off a loss, all you want, I think, is just to get back in there,” Holm said. “But here we are again. I think that I just need to take whatever opportunity comes. I still feel that way. A lot of people are asking about taking a fight (instead of waiting to rematch Rousey), but I don’t want to be known for one great fight. I don’t want to be known for a few great fights. I want to be known for doing a lot. I don’t want to be content with one performance. I want to do more.”
As far as her bout with Shevchenko goes, “The Preacher’s Daughter” said that although she was angry about it, she has nowhere to move but forward:
“I can’t say that I was surprised by anything – I just didn’t perform to the best of my ability and I didn’t leave it all out there,” Holm said. “I had more to give for sure. I knew it was a close fight, but I knew I had to do more. I don’t ever want it to be a close fight. I don’t ever want it to be like that.”
“I’m just angry, that’s all,” Holm continued. “Who wants two losses in a row? But what can you do? … It’s still onward up, it’s still forward.”
Who would you like to see Holm attempt to bounce back against next?