UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm is determined to avoid becoming a ‘one-hit wonder’.
The American sensationally knocked out reigning champion Ronda Rousey last November, and will make the first defence of her title against Miesha Tate at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Despite her impressive victory over Rousey, Holm knows you’re only as good as your last fight, and she’s determined not to come unstuck against the new challenger.
“I don’t want to create my whole career and life in one moment,” Holm told the BBC.
“There’s a lot weighing on this fight, there’s a ton of emotional stresses. In a lot of ways, it’s tougher for me. People have high expectations after the last fight.”
Tate is coming off four straight wins, but has twice been beaten by Rousey – including in her last defeat back in 2013.
Still, Holm is treating her with a lot of respect.
“She’s really good at grinding it out,” she added. “She can be behind in a fight and she is not mentally broken.
“She is coming out of a two-year winning streak. She has had way more time in the octagon than me, a lot more fighting, so there’s a lot of things that present a threat to me.”