Holly Holm may have a ton of her hype behind her, as the undefeated fighter prepares for her UFC debut, but don’t expect the bantamweight to start calling out champ Ronda Rousey.
The 33 year-old Holm will finally make her Octagon debut on February 28th, at UFC 184, when she takes on Raquel Pennington. Due to the fact that Holm went 33-2 in pro boxing, and has gone 7-0 in MMA to date, there’s been a ton of speculation as to whether she could threaten the reign of Rousey.
Well, Holm recently spoke to the media, and while discussing the pressure and expectations that are tied to her UFC run, the fighter stated (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“It is a lot of pressure. I haven’t even had my first fight in the UFC yet. For me, I feel like I have a lot to prove so I don’t like to talk so much about the championship fight right now because Raquel Pennington is first.”
That’s a good approach to take, especially since Pennington has gone 2-1 so far in the UFC, and her only loss came via split decision to Jessica Andrade. It’s also wise, since Rousey has been a ridiculously, dominant champ thus far.
Holm and Pennington were originally booked to fight at UFC 181 last month, but Holm went down with an injury and the fight was rebooked for February 28th.
UFC 184 will go down at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will feature middleweight Chris Weidman taking on Vitor Belfort.