With her resounding upset knockout finish of Ronda Rousey at the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) earlier this month, Holly Holm supplanted "Rowdy" to become not only the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight titleholder, but the new face of female mixed martial arts (MMA).
Most didn't expect "The Preacher's Daughter" to pull off the monumental victory (video) over an Olympic bronze medalist in Judo like Rousey.
Not even her former teammate at the Jackson-Wink fight camp and current UFC commentator Brian Stann.
"The All-American" gives his thoughts on Holm and the pair's headliner in Australia to MMA Fighting:
"Part of me feels guilty because I do think so highly of her, because I do have a relationship with her, but it makes it all the more special. I remember when I said on UFC Tonight and I got made fun a lot by some of the people there and even people online, but I said when they talked about her coming to the UFC, 'If there is a woman I've met I want my daughters to be like, it's Holly. I certainly felt - and I said this in my interviews and breakdowns - there is definitely a way she can win. And if there is a person who could catch Ronda and defeat her if she's not focused, it was Holly. She is absolutely every bit a role model you want, not just for women, but for any person. I truly mean that."
Stann, an ex-UFC middleweight, trained with Holm previously for the duration of his Octagon tenure between 2010-13.
The FOX Sports analyst is well-regarded among the MMA masses as one of the brightest minds in the game and undoubtedly received a good look of what was to come from the 18-time former world boxing champion Holm, just as another teammate of hers, Jon Jones, did.
The 34-year-old's schedule has indeed picked up following her six-minute drubbing of Rousey as she's traveled cross country to appear on popular morning television and radio programs like "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" and "The Herd with Colin Cowherd."
Time will tell if Holm is built for the champion lifestyle, which may or may not have played a part in Rousey's failure in "The Land Down Under."
For now, she gets to bask in the limelight, while the now mortal Rousey disappears to film multiple movie projects, before an eventual rematch takes place sometime in 2016.
Stann also has his own feelings on that subject.