The Comeback of Holly Holm

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By Shawn Buck

When Holly Holm upset Ronda Rousey last November it was the talk of the sports world.  Rousey had dominated the women’s bantamweight division.  She went past the first round once.

 

She was getting her opponents out in seconds.  Rousey appeared unbeatable.  But Holm proved otherwise.  Holm fought the perfect game plan.  She caught Rousey with solid punches before finishing her with a kick in the second round.  It was one of the biggest upsets in not only MMA but sports history.  Holm recently won the 2016 ESPY award for Biggest Upset.  She was on top of the world.  She did several interviews and was on numerous talk shows.   It was reminiscent of when Buster Douglas upset Mike Tyson in 1990.  The rematch was the word that most people would bring up when asking her questions. The rematch hasn’t happened.  Rousey took a break and Holm wanted to fight so she signed to face Miesha Tate.  

 

Tate and Rousey are bitter rivals.  Tate took Rousey to the third round in their rematch before being submitted by an armbar.   Tate would be a tough challenge for the newly crowned champ and she was.  Holm was winning going into the fifth and final round.  She made a mistake giving her back to Tate and was submitted with a rear naked choke.  Holm lost the belt and some of the benefits of it.  She hasn’t been on the tube as much.  She didn’t even get the call to be Tate’s first defense of the championship.  She’s still well known because of her defeat of Rousey but the momentum of that win took a hit from her loss.

This Saturday Holm, ranked number 2 in her division, has a chance to rebound from that loss.  She will be fighting on UFC on Fox in the main event.  She will face number 7 Valentina Shevchenko.  It’s a chance to get back in title contention.   With Tate losing the championship via of a devastating defeat to Amanda Nunes, the opportunity will be there if she can win Saturday.  Shevchenko will not be easy though. Her last loss was to Nunes and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.  The women’s bantamweight division is hot right now.  Even though Rousey hasn’t been active the division is still striving with fighters like Nunes, Tate, Julianna Pena and Holm.  If Holm wins on Saturday she not only can get a big fight next, but maybe even a title shot and get her seat back in this game of thrones. 

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