Holly Holm is thinking what everyone else not named Raquel Pennington is thinking: Holm is in a lose-lose situation when she meets Pennington Saturday at UFC 184.
The only other female bantamweight to receive as much hoopla surrounding her UFC signing was reigning champion Ronda Rousey. There was even chatter of Holm making her promotional debut against Rousey, just to cut to the chase.
The former boxer is a significant 8-1 odds-on favorite to plaster Pennington and possibly face Rousey in her next outing or two.
But, what if Pennington serves up an upset special and derails the Holm hype train? Outside of getting her feet wet inside the octagon, Holm has next to nothing to gain and everything to lose from facing Pennington, and she knows it.
“Yeah, I feel like I’m in a bit of a lose-lose situation,” said at Wednesday’s open workouts. “The expectations are so high, how can you meet that?
“You go to a movie that everyone talks about, and you go, and you’re like, ‘Well, it wasn’t that great.’ But if you go to a movie that’s really not that talked about you don’t have this perception of how it’s supposed to be. So, that’s probably the hardest thing I’m focusing on, is just fighting my fight and not feeling like I have to do this thing that takes me out of my comfort zone. I just want to do what I always do, just perform and go by the game plan. If people like it, they like it. And if they don’t, I’m there to fight.”
The bright side for Holm is that if she quickly disposes of Pennington as she’s supposed to, she’ll be able to scout Rousey in person when “Rowdy” defends her throne against Cat Zingano in the night’s featured attraction inside Staples Center in Los Angeles.