Holly Holm reinserted herself into the bantamweight title shot mix last month, by bombing out Bethe Correia, but the former champ’s still open to fights at 145…with one condition.
Holm ended a three fight losing streak at UFC Fight Night 111, by knocking out Correia with a headkick and punches. Prior to that bout, the decorated striker had faced Germaine de Randamie for the UFC’s inaugural, women’s 145 belt, but lost via a controversial decision.
Before her bout with GDR, Holm lost the 135 belt to Miesha Tate in March, 2016, before dropping a decision to the current #1 contender, Valentina Shevchenko last July.
So, what does the future hold for Holm? In terms of her weight class? Recently Holm appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing that subject, the 35 year-old said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I’m one of those, I could fight at either weight class,” Holm said. “But I don’t one to be, go every other [fight], 35, 45, 35, 45. Going to 35 I always try to walk around as light as I can. I walk around 149, 148, before the cut the last week that’s almost what I’d be weighing in at 145. I definitely wouldn’t want to be bouncing around every fight. I’m open to both, but I don’t want to be on the fence all the time.”
It will be interesting to see whether the UFC calls on Holm to compete at 145 again. Currently the featherweight division is pretty sparse, and with Cris “Cyborg” fighting Tony Evinger on July 29th for the now vacant, featherweight belt. One would think the UFC might look at Holm as a possible opponent for the winner. Especially since Holm’s loss to GDR was from decisive, and was tied to controversy.
But, while talking about the fact the bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes is about to fight Shevchenko on July 8th, Holm also said:
“It would be cool to fight for the belt but, you know, if it happens it happens. I’m just kind of curious to see how the next fight goes in a couple weeks and then just kind of go from there.
One thing’s for sure, Holm probably has some big opportunities on the horizon, be it at 135 or 145.