Even when standing on the precipice of history, #HollyHolm can't help but reflect on the past.
Holm, who will challenge Germaine de Randamie for the first ever UFC women's featherweight championship in the main event of UFC 208 next month, recently sat down with reporters to discuss how the matchup came to be and the hand injury she suffered in her previous contest with Valentina Shevchenko back in July. As you might expect, it was only a matter of time before the conversation eventually turned to Ronda Rousey.
Though she's over a year removed from the knockout that sent shockwaves across the MMA world, it seems that Holm is forever destined to be connected with Rousey's name one way or another. So now just a couple weeks removed from Rousey's one-sided loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, the folks at MMAFighting were dying to know what "The Preacher's Daughter" thought of her former rival's performance.
After voicing the widely-held opinion that the first few exchanges would determine the fight's eventual result ("As soon as the first few punches hit, I thought, 'Ok, it's gonna go this way."), Holm stated her belief that Rousey's self-imposed media blackout in the weeks leading up to the fight may have been a sign that she wasn't ready to step back in the Octagon to begin with.
"I was a little worried about her mental game getting in there," said Holm.
It's honestly surprising that Holm wouldn't be a little more critical about Rousey's performance considering the UFC's plans to rematch the two in a featherweight title fight had Rousey emerged victorious at UFC 207. Holm already lost out on a massive payday -- as much as $10 million, according to Chael Sonnen -- by not waiting for Rousey the first time around, and now it looks like she may never get that money fight she's so deserving of.
But hey, becoming the UFC's first woman to win titles in two divisions isn't a bad runner-up prize, right? RIGHT?!!