Holly Holm may be in the final quarter of her combat sports career at the moment, but the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and former three division world champion boxer is not ready to start contemplating about retirement.
One of the pioneers of Women’s MMA, “The Preacher’s Daughter” is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Yana Santos at UFC San Antonio last Saturday night, marking her comeback from a split decision loss to Ketlen Vieira in May last year.
I still feel very healthy right now: Holly Holm
Prior to the Santos fight, Holm inked a new six fight contract with the promotion, and the 41-year-old, who won the Bantamweight belt back in 2015 and later contested for it again, as well as the challenged the UFC Women’s Featherweight crown twice, believes she’s ready to go after gold even at this point in her career, as she spoke to reporters during the UFC San Antonio post fight press conference.
“That’s very possible,” Holm commented on the possibility of fighting out of contract, “I don’t ever like to put a timeline on myself, but I definitely know that I’m not like 25 or 30 anymore. I still feel very healthy right now. I definitely know retirement is sooner than it was 10 years ago, but I’m not ready to do it right yet.”
While there’s no confirmatio on who Holm will face next, she did narrow down her options to Julianna Peña and the reigning divisional champion, Amanda Nunes.
“We’ll see whatever they come up with. I definitely feel there’s not many above me. I’ve fought Raquel Pennington twice (and won), so sometimes that doesn’t make sense. However, if that’s the fight again, then, you know. But other than that it’s [Julianna] Peña or the championship, I guess. But you never know. Things change so much and you never know. I just want to keep getting better in the gym and whatever they present is what it’s going to be,” she added. [H/T MMA Junkie]
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