Holly Holm’s 2016 campaign continues to be a disappointing one, as after shocking the MMA world last November, the decorated striker has lost two, consecutive fights. So what does Holm think needs to change?
Holm became a household name last November, by knocking out Ronda Rousey in the second round. Since then, however, she was choked out by Miesha Tate and lost the 135 title in March, and last night, she was decisioned by Valentina Shevchenko.
After her defeat at UFC on FOX 20, a disappointed Holm had this to say, while reflecting on the loss (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“(I have to) just get back in there and go forward,” Holm said. “I know I’m capable of more. I think I just need to believe in myself a little more. I know I can do more than what I performed like tonight. Valentina is really tough. We know that. We knew everything – counter-punching, clinch, trips, all that … it’s not like I haven’t been taught the right things. It all comes down to my performance, and it wasn’t great tonight.”
Holm went on to say that she believes in “myself”, but that she needs to be more confident in the new skills she’s been developing. During the UFC on FOX 20 headliner, Holm didn’t make any significant changes to her game plan, despite the fact Shevchenko was winning the striking exchanges. She did step up her attacks in the last round, but it was too little, too late.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Holm. Due to her athleticism, and abilities, however, don’t be surprised if another title shot run materializes.
UFC on FOX 20 took place in Chicago, Illinois at the United Center.