Holly Holm reflects on her UFC 208 Title Loss
What is it like to lose a UFC title fight in controversial fashion? Holly Holm had to deal with that exact feeling the past few weeks. Not long after losing her third straight loss in a row, she appeared on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to give her thoughts on her fight with Germaine De Randamie at UFC 208.
“I want to be able to feel I have the opportunity to move forward. Like I said, I wouldn’t want to have a victory that way. To me, that’s not like a real victory. I would just love to have the opportunity to do it again.”
The talking point coming out of the inaugural Featherweight Title fight was GDR’s late punches at the end of round two and three. Holm didn’t buy the fact the dutch fighter didn’t know it was the end of both rounds.
“Of course she did it on purpose. You’re not just waiting for the bell, you hear the 10-second taps before that. You know the end is coming. So, no, she wasn’t in the heat of the moment, and especially doing it twice, and especially with the cockiness she had after it. Even still I wish I’d have kept going after the bell, too.”
Holm has been known for her humility in victory and defeat thus far in her UFC career. One thing she doesn’t want to be known for is complaining.
“I’m not trying to be like a wuss about it and whine. That’s definitely not what I’m trying to do. I think that’s a hard spot for me. A lot of people keep saying, well, she hit you after the bell, how do you feel? Well, I’m a fighter. I’m not going to sit here and whine about it and complain. There’s a lot of things I could have done.”
No doubt it’s been a tough run recently for the former Bantamweight champ. Holm is 0-3 in her last three fights, losing to Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko and now Germaine De Randamie. Two of them were title fights. But she’s determined to get back in to the Octagon again. That’s the only way she deems fit to deal with her recent setback.
“From the people that think I should be retiring and having babies and all that kind of stuff. I don’t even like to really listen to it, because that’s not where my passion’s at right now or where my mind’s at. So everybody else that’s out there saying, oh you’re 35, what do you really want to do? Well I’m still fighting, and that’s what I want to do, and I want to surround myself with the people that are supportive of my passion.”
And who will her next opponent be? Holly’s been gunning for a rematch with De Randamie and has a stern message for her.
“At least own it. She knows she did it on purpose … the only thing to cure this is another victory, so that’s what I need to go for.”
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