Holly Holm kept her undefeated (9-0, 2-0 UFC) streak intact when she outscored Marion Reneau on the judges' scorecards last Wednesday (July 15, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 71 in San Diego, California.
In doing so, she stopped Reneau's five-fight win streak by dominating her like no one else has been able to do. That's one of the positives Holm took from her victory in the midst of the unwarranted negative criticism she continues to receive after wins.
That's because most fans expect (and want) to see Holm unleash knockout after knockout given her professional boxing pedigree. But, as Holm recently declared on "The MMA Hour" there isn't much she can do about criticism, and says she's glad she keeps improving each fight.
"You know, people are always going to be negative. I honestly feel like the people that write the negative things on the Internet, Twitter and all that are people that don't do our job, so it doesn't really bother me and I really don't care. I know what's being put in, I know what we do behind the scenes and I know what gameplan was put together. One thing that is a positive that I take away from the fight is that she has never been dominated like that. So i take that as a positive thing for myself and I know our hard work paid off. Sometimes, the easiest fights, when I look at it, and if it was an easy fight, well then maybe it was all the hard work in training that made it an easy fight. There are a lot of ways to look at it that a lot of people don't understand. So, I really don't let it bother me. I don't want to have to worry about going in there and have to show what I am worth to all of these people I don't know that are sitting behind a computer, on Twitter. I don't need to think about that. I think about victory and what do I need to do to get a win and improve. In my first UFC fight, If I would have had the best knockout of my entire life that night, that would have been worse. Because then everybody would have been like, 'Well, what's (next.)' Then it would have been let down after let down. I'm glad I keep improving and I'm glad that I show a little bit more each fight. Do I want to be more impressive? Yes. That's what keeps me thriving and wanting to go to the gym and have confidence in myself to move forward. it's a work in progress and I'm definitely learning and get better as I go. I plan to show a little more each fight. maybe then they will be happy, but then no one one is ever 100-percent happy. I fight for myself, my team, my friends and family. The negative things, they don't affect my mood."
The win inched Holm to a potential showdown against women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey; however, "The Preacher's Daughter" admits she is in no hurry to step into a title fight versus "Rowdy."
Speaking of Rousey, the next time critics proclaim there is no competition in the 135-pound weight class, they should think about Holm, a former pro boxing champion-turned undefeated MMA fighter who openly admits getting a win -- much less a quick stoppage -- inside the Octagon isn't as easy as it seems.