Does Holm want a rematch with Rousey?

Last November Holly Holm produced one of the biggest upsets in UFC history when she knocked out an undefeated Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 to become the women’s bantamweight champion. 

Since then, things have not gone so well for Holm, but she will look to stop her downhill skid by becoming the first-ever women’s featherweight at UFC 208, where she will face Germaine De Randamie.

Rousey, meanwhile, will step foot in the Octagon for the first time since her loss to Holm at UFC 207 on December 30, where she will go up against reigning women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. 

But, the big question on everyone’s mind is whether Holm wants a rematch with Rousey at some point. 

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Responding to the question, Holm pointed out that she doesn’t think about it as she and Rousey will be competing in the near future. As a result, a potential rematch would still be months away at the very least. 

“I don’t think about it because there’s a lot that has to happen,” Holm said. “That’s what I say when people ask me about it. ‘Hey don’t you want to rematch Ronda?’ and I’m like well there’s a fight that’s taking place Dec. 30 and there’s still a fight taking place Feb. 11 and depending on how both of those go, that could be the make or break of everything, who knows what will happen in three months. Anything can happen in three months.”

When asked about Rousey’s mindset going into her bout with Nunes, Holm admitted that she couldn’t speculate how the 29-year-old would be feeling as returning on the back of a loss has a different impact on everyone. 

“I feel like everybody deals with losses different. Maybe time away for her and talking with everybody is what she needs,” Holm said. “For me, the way I’ve dealt with it and had to come back from it, I’m coming back from it right now, the only thing that’s ever helped me is just being completely honest with myself.

“I figure the sooner I can deal with it, the sooner I can get past it. So I’m the type so let’s just address this right now but I do think coming back from a big loss, I’ve had some big losses before and I know being knocked out cold, being laid out, going back those first punches in a fight are like am I OK? Am I OK? Why am I even asking myself this? I’m OK. Let’s go!

“I think that’s a make or break moment. Ronda’s never been there in a fight before so I don’t think there’s any way to tell how she’s going to be in those first exchanges until it happens.”

As for Holm, she conceded that 2016 has been a rough year for her as she has lost both her fights, which included losing the women’s bantamweight title against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in March. 

With that in mind, Holm pointed out that she thinks more about bouncing back from her disappointing performance this year rather than her spectacular victory over Rousey at UFC 193. 

“When I think about this year, I think about my year and it’s been the worst year for me,” Holm said. “2016 was not successful for me. I don’t think about anybody else actually. This November everybody’s putting out on social media ‘oh my gosh it’s been a year, congratulations Holly’ and all I’m thinking is it’s been a year since I won.

“As much as that was a big night for me, I’m ready for my own time to shine again and I guess I really haven’t thought a lot about it.”