One thing that both Holly Holm and her Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA teammate Jon Jones have in common: They've been heavily analyzed under the scope of the mixed martial arts (MMA) media.
Both have also overcome injuries and obstacles outside of the cage.
Now, with "Bones" back in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fold and Holm (9-0) set to engage with women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (12-0) at the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) on Sat., Nov. 14, 2015 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, "The Preacher's Daughter" is thankful for the opportunity to have the former 205-pound king in her corner.
"We'll shadow box a little bit and kind of throw kicks and punches at each other, but obviously he's not going to be sparring with me like he would the big heavyweights," Holm said on the UFC 193 media conference call. "I love to hear his input and he has been very helpful and instrumental in this fight camp. Sometimes he'll come to my mitt sessions and have some things that work for my fighting style and just ideas that he has."
The dynamic duo have worked together before when the former boxing standout was readying for battle against Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 71 last July.
According to Holm, he's very creative.
With immense hype and praise, the Holm hype train took off in Feb. 2015 when she overcame a tough Raquel Pennington to earn a unanimous decision victory, right before her lopsided dismissal of "The Belizean Bruiser" in San Diego.
Unlike those fights, the 34-year-old is a clear underdog for her upcoming tilt with "Rowdy," which is set to break all kinds of records in the 60,000-seat Etihad Stadium.
However, this does not bother Holm, who's been face-to-face with adversity before in her mostly torrid run through the welterweight ranks in boxing.
"The last time I really felt coming in as an underdog was a couple years ago. I'd been knocked out cold by the French champion Anne Sophie Mathis and she had 21 of her 24 wins were by KO and hadn't lost in 17 years," Holm said, adding, "I took the rematch with her because I believed I could beat her. A lot of people thought I was crazy for doing that, but it was a huge thing I took on and I was able to get in there, avenge my loss and beat her."
There's no denying Holm has grit, but will it be enough to dethrone the sport's pound-for-pound best "Down Under?"
Tune in when Holm takes aim at Rousey and the 135-pound belt in two more weeks at UFC 193: "Rousey vs. Holm." For more on that fight card, click here.