Holly Holm Not Distracted By Criticisms


In November of 2015, Holly Holm pulled one of the biggest upsets in UFC history when she knocked out Ronda Rousey to become the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

Fast forward nearly a year later, Holm is no longer the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and is currently in the midst of a two-fight losing streak. Holm has faced her fair share of criticism for a lackluster 2016, something she talked about on The MMA Hour.

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"It is annoying because a lot of people that do that, I don’t think they ever listen to all these others kind of interviews or articles or anything that come out for me. I like to fight," she said. "I don’t know why people think that I’m taking fights for money. It drives me crazy. I wanted to fight because I wanted to get in there and fight, it had nothing to do if I should have waited for this money fight or that money fight. It’s not why I fight. And, so whatever people say I guess is their own opinion that has nothing to do with what I shoot for or what my goals are. I always tell myself I’m never going to fight for money, only for passion. And I want to stay true to that. And that’s what I was doing, is fighting because I wanted to fight. That’s it."

Holm does have a plan to turns things around -- she wants to fight again in 2016.

"I’m sure we’ll schedule something in the next few weeks," she said. "I know [the UFC] probably don’t want to set something 100 percent until I’m 100 percent released to train. I think we’re getting close to figuring that out, but definitely no specific answer right now. No, I just want to fight, and I want to win," she said. "That’s my goal. That’s really as simple as I want to think. What fight it is, it really doesn’t matter to me. I want to win just as badly whether it’s on a big card or not. I want to win even if it’s not on TV. Even in practice, I still want to punch my teammates more than they hit me. That’s the name of the game. I am just focused on a victory, and that’s it."

Holm hasn't won since her UFC 193 victory over Rousey.

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