Holm’s journey far from over

In the build-up to UFC 208, Holly Holm has stated that she still wants to achieve plenty in her fighting career.

Holm's life as a fighter has spanned nearly two decades and three disciplines.

Despite a distinguished career in both boxing and kickboxing, Holm announced herself as a fighter in the UFC when she landed a kick to the side of Ronda Rousey’s head at UFC 193, unseating the previously undefeated, and presumed invincible, bantamweight champion.

What followed though were two very disappointing losses against Meisha Tate in her first and only title defence and then against Valentina Shevchenko.

"There's no excuse that I have," Holm says about those defeats.

"It's my own fault for not performing."

On the weekend at UFC 208, she has the opportunity to go some way to redeeming herself.

In the first ever women’s featherweight division clash, Holm will battle Germaine de Randamie for the vacant title. Victory would make her the UFC’s only women to have won belts in multiple divisions.

In trademark style, Holm refused to talk badly of de Randamie when pressed on her ability ahead of the bout.

"She's got a long reach, long legs and is schooled in Muay Thai," the 35-year-old said.

"She has a lot of things to fear and things that can cause a threat to me in the Octagon."

Many believe that retirement waits for Holm regardless of the outcome on the weekend. However, she insists that is definitely not the case.

"If my mind was there, and I was thinking about that [retirement], I'd already be done," Holm said when questioned on stepping out of the octagon for good.

"And I don't think that."

And her management share that sentiment.

"She wants both of them [featherweight and bantamweight titles]," said Mike Winkeljohn, one of Holm's coaches, when asked if this could be one of her last fights.

"She's doing [this fight] because this is where we're at, but she wants the 135-pound title back.

“She wants it all."