She’s tough and she’s skilled, but all the talk about her being groomed to face champ Ronda Rousey – talk that came to a crescendo when she was first signed by the UFC – seems to have been unwarranted. Holly Holm is good, but she will never be good enough to beat Rousey.
At last night’s UFC Fight Night 71, the tall glass of striking technique picked apart and dominated opponent Marion Reneau. That was to be expected. After all, to look back and examine Holm’s MMA career is to see someone fed can after can and be brought along slowly. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way that ability to “go for the kill” was never nurtured, and now we have a someone really good on the feet who seems to defeat her opponents with a thousand little cuts instead of one Robbie Lawler-esque axe blow (or, more aptly, a Ronda Rousey-esque armbar).
Holm is good, but it’s hard to imagine her getting past the likes of Miesha Tate or Sarah McMann. As for Rousey… forget it.
Anyway, here are some highlights of Holm versus Reneau.