Following Holly Holm’s third consecutive defeat last weekend at UFC 208, Tyron Woodley is questioning whether the former champ should take a break from fighting.
Holm faced Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural, women’s 145 title at the event, and ended up losing the bout via unanimous decision. The competitive fight wasn’t without controversy, however, as de Randamie blasted Holm with a hard punch after round two concluded. After round three, de Randamie threw more punches, post-horn, but no points were deducted.
Holm was coming off losses to Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko leading up to the fight, and as a result, the decorated striker hasn’t won a bout since she KO’d Ronda Rousey in 2015.
“I never want to give the pink slip to any fighter too soon, that’s a decision they want to make and they need to make themselves,” Woodley said. “I think maybe she needs to take some time away, maybe do something outside the Octagon, hopefully something that builds her brand to make her more valuable inside the Octagon.”
“One thing I have not seen her do a lot of — and maybe she just doesn’t have any interest — maybe some commentating,” Woodley added. “For me, it always kept me fresh. You always have the control to reach so many hundreds of thousands of millions of people on a platform. So when I wasn’t even competing for eight months I kept my name in the mix…”
There’s probably folks who also think a break might do Holm some good, but it seems clear that she wants another crack at de Randamie. Further, her camp is appealing the controversial defeat.