You know who isn’t considering retiring? Holly Holm.
I mean, why would she? She only lost four out of her last six fights. And couldn’t win the UFC’s new female featherweight title in two tries. And lost the bantamweight title in her first fight as champ by getting choked unconscious by Miesha Tate.
Still, being the first to knock out Ronda Rousey, and then two years knocking out Bethe Correia, buys you a lot of leeway in a pair of female divisions with very little top talent.
At UFC 219, Holm gave champ Cris Cyborg a hell of a fight, but ultimately lost a clear-cut decision. Here’s she is talking to Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” about the future.
“Why wouldn’t I want to return when I just gave her the toughest fight in weight class that is a heavier weight class from where I usually fight against the biggest person?” Holm asked. “I was the one who gave her her toughest fight so I don’t really understand the retirement, you know, people think should you retire maybe it’s just because of the way that, you know how those four fights have gone.”
“I know I’m still competitive, have a lot of capabilities if I want to do it. I definitely don’t have the, obviously every year gets a little bit more, maybe I can kind of coming closer. I’m 36, I’ll be 37 next year, I still feel like I’m strong and in competitive shape. I don’t feel 36. I feel competitive and I feel strong feel and I feel can really do well, so I’m keep going to keep going with it.”