Holly Holm may have seemingly done the impossible when she knocked out Ronda Rousey last November, but the UFC women’s bantamweight champion says her upcoming title defense against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 might mean even more to her.
Holm obviously reveled in the victory over Rousey, which was considered one of the most shocking upsets in MMA history. But winning that fight wasn’t the end of the road for her.
That’s why Holm says beating Tate is paramount to her legacy because she doesn’t want to be remember solely as the woman who handed Rousey her first loss.
"It’s just as important of a fight. I mean I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder. Even more of an important fight," Holm told FOX Sports at the UFC 196 open workouts on Wednesday. "A lot of people are wondering ‘what’s really going to happen now after that kind of a victory?’. Is she the real deal? Is she really going to do it?
‘There’s a lot more pressure on this that I put on myself but that’s what I’m here for.’
"There’s a lot more pressure on this that I put on myself but that’s what I’m here for."
There’s also an argument being made that Holm is taking an unnecessary risk by facing Tate now as opposed to waiting for a massive payday to face Rousey again later this year.
Rousey was originally expected to come back as early as July to face Holm at UFC 200. But after Rousey’s upcoming movie scheduled got overloaded she decided to push her return until the latter part of 2016.
So Holm decided to stay active and face Tate instead, all while knowing that the rematch with Rousey would likely do much bigger business.
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Still, Holm says her world doesn’t revolve around Rousey, and with risk comes reward. So she’s more than happy to face Tate on Saturday and then move on to the next challenge.
"A lot of people before I took this fight are like ‘that’s a big risk for you to take a fight with somebody else’. Well, what are we in this for?" Holm said.
There is still no exact word on whether Rousey will be Holm’s next opponent if she gets past Tate on Saturday night, but that would be the most likely scenario.
If Holm wins, she’s mentioned taking a little bit of time off and then a rematch with Rousey could be a monstrous fight for the UFC by the close of 2016.