Holly Holm has had a rough stretch over the last year.
After handing Ronda Rousey her first professional defeat to become the UFC women’s bantamweight champion in Nov. 2015, Holm suffered three straight losses, falling short against Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, and most recently Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title. Now returning back to 135 pounds to face Brazilian Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111 in June, the decorated boxer believes she’s still in the mix for title contention despite her three-fight skid.
“Absolutely, I still feel like I’m in the mix,” Holm told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I still feel like I’m competitive and up in the top, so you never know when that next opportunity can come.”
Hoping to get back to her winning ways, Holm says it’s not about changing things in her training camp, but about finding a way to put together the skills she’s picked up in training.
“Not really, [I don’t have to change things],” Holm said. “I mean, I want to have fun with it partly, too, I don’t want to be constantly stressing on anything, and I want to have fun while I’m doing it. I think that I’ve been trying to learn so much, that I put so much emphasis on trying to do everything all the time, and you know, I really just want to let it come together and put it all together rather just feel like it’s all pieced apart. I feel like that’s where I’m at now. I feel like I’ve learned a lot over my last three fights and it’s time to put it all together. I feel like I’ve been keeping it in pieces rather than letting it be this combined arsenal, this combined set of skills.”
Holm believes she’ll have to put the skills she’s picked up at JacksonWink together and fight technical in order to come out on top in her upcoming bout with the scrappy Correia. Holm also feels indifferent about the Brazilian’s comments calling her overrated in a recent interview with MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz.
“She’s entitled to her own opinion.” Holm explained. “It really doesn’t do anything to me it doesn’t affect me. There’s a lot of people that sit here and judge, but I work hard and I’m going to work hard just for her”
“I know that she’s tough, that she doesn’t really stop for anything, so I definitely want to be technical in this fight and I don’t want to be messy. She does use her jab and moves around a little bit, but she can definitely be a scrappy style as well. I don’t want make the fight look messy, I want to be a good, technical fighter. I want to be able to implement all my techniques, I want to be able to capitalize on a lot of things, and that’s my plan.”
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