While former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm has seen better days than the storm that is her current losing streak, “The Preacher’s Daughter” knows she’s better than her slump shows.
And it’s not like Holly was losing to bums off the street, but rather longtime veterans who are now either ex-titleholders, current champions, and future title contenders as is the case with Miesha Tate, Germaine de Randamie, and Valentina Schevchenko, respectively.
“I always feel really blessed to have the opportunity,” Holm said during a recent sit-down with UFC.com. “I know that I have some losses on my record right now, but I know that I am better than that shows and I know the fights have been more competitive than just saying, ‘Oh, you’re coming off three losses.’”
Prior to her current skid, Holly got off to a red-hot start to her mixed martial arts (MMA) career, winning 10 straight and becoming the first person to hand Ronda Rousey a loss, winning the UFC title in the process.
Still, Holm feels she has plenty to offer the 135-pound weight class after a failed attempt to claim gold at Featherweight.
“I feel like I have a lot that I still have to show. I still love my job. I still love to fight. I love this sport and I’m just excited to be able to go out there and be able to do what I love to do,” she added. “I’m getting in there to fight, so I better go in there with every intention of winning, otherwise what am I doing in there?”
Holly will look to get back on the winning track when she faces former title contender Bethe Correia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 111 inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, on UFC Fight Pass.
“I definitely feel focused,” she added. “I feel prepared. I feel capable and I’m in a very positive mindset right now. I’ve trained hard, I know I’m capable, I’m going to move forward and I’m ready for a win.”
And who knows, a decisive win over “Pitbull” could send her back to the big dance sooner, rather than later.