Life sure hits you fast. And it walloped Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight Holly Holm.
The No. 8-ranked fighter went from working her way up toward a 135-pound title shot against champion Ronda Rousey (12-0) to being thrust into the spotlight at UFC 195, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 2, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
However, as the story goes, fate would not have it and after a thumb injury to Welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler, UFC President Dana White pegged Rousey vs. Holm as the headliner for the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's initial trip to Melbourne, Australia -- the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) -- slated for Nov. 15, 2015, inside Etihad Stadium.
This could be a blessing in disguise, Holm said on "The MMA Hour" (via MMA Fighting.com).
"In a lot of ways it might be better than having four months to let it wear me down," Holm said. "Once I know the fight, it's on my mind -- it doesn't matter if it's two months or four months. It's on my mind every day. In a lot of ways, it can be a lot better. I choose to look at it in the positive ways."
Holm, who sports an unblemished 9-0 MMA record (2-0 UFC), is coming off of unanimous-decision romp over Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 71 back in July. The 33-year-old responded to the keyboard warriors and reiterated that she was "glad" she could improve with each passing fight.
However, with her Jackson-Winkeljohn team in the thick of cornering multiple fighters such as Donald Cerrone and Carlos Condit to title contests in December and January respectively, this leaves Holm's camp a top priority. She just won't be able to have friends and family backing her when she makes the trip abroad to Australia, where she will hopefully set an MMA gate record for attendance at the 75,000-seat Etihad Stadium.
"Preacher's Daughter" has endured quite the turbulent 2015, having made her highly anticipated UFC debut in Feb. at UFC 184 after running roughshod over competition in the amateur circuits, as well as becoming the first Legacy FC women's Bantamweight champion.
Holm accrued six knockout finishes over the course of her three-year run in the regional ranks and endured a broken arm and herniated disc in her neck, which delayed said debut against Raquel Pennington the first time at UFC 181 in Dec. 2014.
Knowing that things don't always go according to plan has taught her a valuable lesson and it's one that she employed after learning of her rescheduled title clash with "Rowdy."
"I feel like if you get so set on a certain plan and it doesn't go that way, then how are you gonna be prepared when the challenges and adversity face you?" Holm said, adding. "I didn't think it was going to come this soon, but as soon as it did I was excited. I do envision myself getting my hand raised, because that is the goal. I feel like you can never achieve anything if you don't see it. You have to believe in yourself. I do. That's my vision."
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