Holm battled Shevchenko for all five rounds, and never appeared to be in any serious trouble, but neither did the latter. Shevchenko bested Holm in the majority of the fight’s striking exchanges, and won a pretty clear cut, decision win.
Well, recently Pena appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and the bantamweight contender was asked to weigh-in on Saturday’s headliner. Here is some of what Pena had to say about the former champ’s Holm, and Ronda Rousey (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“No, I wasn’t surprised. I’ve been saying for a while now that harmless Holly couldn’t hurt a fly, especially in a five-round fight. It’s just a little nickname. She was a little bit overrated, she got thrown into the mix and got into the top 10 after beating up some people that have not been around as long. So I think she got a little lucky with the choices of opponents that she’s had.”
“I just know that the division has been changing a lot more now that Ronda is not the champion and I knew this was going to happen after that. Just because I feel Ronda is a one-trick pony who has been able to rack up all these wins and be so dominant, I knew the second she lost, it would be an open division for the rest of us…”
Wow. Those comments aren’t going to sit well with either Rousey or Holm’s supporters. One could argue that Holm is at her best when she’s counter striking, and that’s how she cruised to a KO win over Rousey. Against Shevchenko, Holm was moving forward, and the decorated Muay Thai competitor was the one scoring off counter strikes.
Pena, meanwhile, is coming off a win over Cat Zingano and is very much in the title shot mix. The former TUF winner has won four straight. So, unless Rousey comes back soon, Pena could be next to challenge Amanda Nunes.