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UFC 239: Holly Holm issues statement on ‘nightmare’ loss to Amanda Nunes

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There’s a pretty good chance that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm, will never get another crack at the crown after coming up short in her last four title shots.

Including her UFC 239 knockout loss to Amanda Nunes (highlights).

That doesn’t seem to faze “The Preacher’s Daughter,” who released a statement on social media to let her fans know that faltering in last weekend’s “Jones vs. Santos” co-main event will not result in her retirement.

“I always say I get to live the life of a dream. I never actually dreamed of getting kicked in the face, that’s never part of my dream,” Holm said. “That’s like the nightmare part, living a little nightmare, wake up every morning like, ‘Yup, that’s real, that just happened.’ But I just want you guys to know I’m feeling good and I know one thing: I’m still pushing forward. A lot of heartbreak right now, but I’m doing fine. I just want you guys to know I appreciate the love and support. And if you would like to have free lip filler, just get kicked in the face.”

To be fair, this is more about the domination of Nunes than the shortcomings of Holm, who used up the considerable equity from her Ronda Rousey upset back in late 2015. “Lioness” is now considered to be the greatest of all time after destroying the biggest names at both bantamweight and featherweight.

Holm, who turns 38 in October, dropped to No. 3 in the official rankings after UFC 239 and is expected to make her cage fighting return later this year. I wouldn’t mind seeing her face off against the loser of Raquel Pennington vs. Irene Aldana, who collide later this month in San Antonio.