At UFC 208, former boxing and UFC world champion has the opportunity to solidify her career and make history with a win over Germaine de Randamie.
At UFC 208, Holly Holm will be presented with the opportunity to cement her legacy and make history when she faces Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural women’s featherweight title. With a win, “The Preacher’s Daughter” would become the first women’s featherweight champion and the first woman to hold two belts in two different weight classes.
In fact, Holm would become just the fourth person in history to hold two belts in two separate weight classes, placing her alongside MMA greats such as Randy Couture, B.J. Penn and Conor McGregor.
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Holm currently holds the distinction of being the first person to defeat and knock out Ronda Rousey, and in doing so, she became the first person to become a multiple-time world boxing and a mixed martial arts champion as well.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Holm commented on her opportunity at UFC 208.
“I always want to do what no one else has done, and that’s part of what drove me to MMA. No one had won world titles in boxing and MMA. I wanted to be the first one to do that. I love that I was able to do that. Here I am with another opportunity to be part of another history-making thing. It’s never been done before.”
However, there are those who have criticized and felt that Holm was undeserving of a title shot, as she has lost two fights in a row. At UFC 196, the 35-year old was choked unconscious in her first title defense against Miesha Tate. Then at UFC on Fox 20, she was outpointed and suffered a surprising loss to former Muay Thai champion Valentina Shevchenko.
Immediately after her most recent loss, per MMA Junkie, Holm commented on her performance.
“Coming off a loss, all you want, I think, is just to get back in there. But here we are again… I don’t want to be known for one great fight (against Rousey). I don’t want to be known for a few great fights. I want to do more.”