Holly Holm shocked the world when she took the bantamweight championship, sending Ronda Rousey crashing into the ground with a beast of a head-kick. As powerful an adversary as this woman is, Holly Holm showed the greatest compassion and professionalism when speaking of her defeated opponent.
Speaking to Dan Patrick, Holm said:
"This is a hard job to be in and a lot of people can't get in there. When you get in that octagon, it's one of the loneliest places in the world, because it's only up to you to do it. A lot of people wouldn't even have the nerve to be able to get in and just put it all on the line.”
The full interview is great testimony to Holm's sporting and generous nature, keeping a dignified face on her well-deserved victory.
Holm continued her support for Rousey, defending her opponent from her haters:
"[Ronda]'s been pretty vocal in her career, so I think it's easier for people to want to pick at things. I think she's strong enough. She can handle that, but I hope people don't get too brutal with it.”
Rousey and Holm may get another chance to fight in the future... after Ronda Rousey's six month medical suspension. The brutal knock-out from Holm's flying foot jab hit so hard that Rousey had to have plastic surgery on her face.
That's the sport, folks. It's a brutal discipline that's only for hardened professionals at the top of their game; if a conditioned fighter like Ronda Rousey can get her ass handed to her, I can barely comprehend what UFC would do to a little twerp like me!
Oh, and Holm is not afraid to meet Rousey in the ring again – and you can bet your bottom dollar that Rousey will want to snatch that title back! Holm said:
“If you’re the champ [and] you lose your belt, I think the only logical thing is to be able to have a rematch and avenge the loss. [The octagon can be] a brutal place to be, but that’s what makes winning that awesome … And if you’re a fighter, you’re always chasing that feeling of victory, so that’s why we do it."
Credit to both of these awesome women for fighting with all of their hearts!