We all knew who Ronda Rousey was, and we all were pretty sure she was the best female fighter in the world. We also often held debates about whether she was potentially the best fighter—in terms of dominance—of all time. And this isn't to say some of these conversations weren't valid, because at a certain point they were.
Up until this moment...
Holly Holm stepped in and took what she believed was hers. She wasn't afraid of the mega-star advertising spokesperson, Hollywood actress, superstar cover-girl, and badass Ronda Rousey. She just saw it as an opportunity to showcase the skills she knew she had.
Here's what Holly Holm had to say about coming out of "nowhere." Of course, in her mind, she didn't.
"I've been the underdog more than once, and it's fine with me. Every day in training, I'm up against great training partners. Every day is a test for me, so I don't mind being an underdog. Some of these girls put her so high up on a pedestal that they're not remembering they're in there for a reason. I'm in there for a reason – because I have the capability and the ability to win."
People have to remember that she was undefeated, too! At 10-0, Holm could be just as impressive a story and she's proving to be... one fight at a time.
So, who is this woman? What makes her tick?...
"When I'm winding down sometimes I sew, sometimes I do woodworking, sometimes I paint. I'm very blessed to still be in the town I was born and raised in, and I have a lot of great friends and family around me. Sometimes before training I just go meet up with some friends and have some coffee and just chew on the fat and talk about whatever."
She spoke on the head-kick, answering what it was that made her go for it and if it was a part of her strategy (it was).
"There's habits every fighter has. I don't care who you are, you have a fighting style, and every offense and defense has a counter…I visualized that if the head kick was there to go for it."
This is only the beginning for Holly. There is a lot more on her agenda. I think towards the end of the list of accomplishments she has is to achieve her ultimate goal: Being the best fighter in the world. And she's well on her way.
"I want to show people I'm made up of a lot and I have a lot of potential to do great things in this sport. I don't get in there thinking, 'I'm fighting for my paycheck.' I get in there thinking, 'I want to win this fight.' The feeling of a victory is priceless. You can't put money on that."
(Via: Rolling Stone)