Nineteen months ago, Holly Holm was sitting on top of the MMA world after destroying Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC bantamweight belt.
Fast forward to UFC Fight Night 111 and Holm is facing a must-win situation against former bantamweight top contender Bethe Correia.
How did Holm find her back against the octagon wall after humiliating Rousey, the once-“World’s Most Dominant Athlete”?
Holm appeared to be on her way to successfully defending her title against Miesha Tate until a mistake in the closing ticks rendered her unconscious on the canvas.
“The Preacher’s Daughter” looked to get back on the winning track against Valentina Shevchenko in her next outing, but laid an egg in a disappointing unanimous decision defeat.
Holm was then gifted a title tilt against Germaine de Randamie to become the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight champion. No fighter has received a crack at a UFC crown on the heels of a two-fight losing skid.
The former boxer came up short again, and will now be fighting for her UFC life on Saturday.
Most UFC fighters would have been handed their walking papers after three consecutive losses, sometimes less. Rousey was the UFC’s golden girl for several years, so dumping the woman who annihilated her just four fights ago would make Rousey look even worse. And there’s no way UFC president Dana White would do that to his BFF.
So that’s how Holm finds herself headlining her fifth straight UFC card. Could the ultra friendly 35-year-old get yet another shot in the UFC with a loss to Correia? Holm’s only saving grace is that the UFC is looking to build a brand new featherweight division, so including the first person to crush THE RONDA ROUSEY in that weight class is a good selling point.
Although, you lose a lot of creditably in this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately sport having lost four in a row.