Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion has a chance to make UFC history this weekend at UFC 208, as she faces Germaine De Randamie for the chance to become the first ever UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion.
For Holm, the focus isn’t on the future of her MMA career, it is just for the fight right in front of her.
“I think it just depends on the fight,” Holm said to MMA Junkie. “I think it depends on just one fight at a time. I can do every other one as far as weight is concerned. That’s not it, but it would just be – it turns on to every fight should be treated like it’s my last fight because I’m never promised another day, another fight. You never know what’s going to happen. So really I’m just focused on this one. I don’t really want to think – I don’t want to map out anything in the future because you really can’t. It’s a very unpredictable sport.”
Holm became the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion at UFC 193 in November 2015, when she defeated Ronda Rousey by head kick knockout. The UFC Women’s Featherweight Division doesn’t have much of a roster right now, but Holm says that the fans don’t need to worry about that.
“We’re going to start to see a lot of 145-ers come out,” Holm said. “We’re going to start to see a lot of them get better because they’re going to know it’s attainable, that they have this opportunity that they can grasp onto, so they’re even going to take it more and more seriously. Look how many more girls came into the 135-pound division, the top-5 girls are not the same top-5 girls that they were three years, even two years ago. It’s all changed. I think two years ago, people thought, ‘Who is going to be the challenge for these girls?’ There’s not even the same top-5 anymore; it’s because it keeps growing. And who’s to say that’s not going to happen in the 145-pound division? People start to see that, they want to go for it.”
UFC 208 takes place on Saturday, February 11 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie headlining.