Feature | Dec 16 2015

Holly Holm EXCLUSIVE: I didn’t want to let down my guard against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193

Thomas Gerbasi interviews Holly Holm and finds a humble heroine who just happened to destroy Ronda Rousey
Holly Holm vs Ronda Rousey
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Thomas Gerbasi speaks to the conqueror of Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm – in this week’s 80-page issue of Boxing News magazine.

OVER 56,000 people had shown up to see former boxing champion Holly Holm face Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight title on November 15. It only took five minutes and 59 seconds for the Albuquerque native to break the former Olympic bronze medallist in judo down and then send her crashing to the canvas with a flush kick to the head. For the first time in combat sports history, an athlete had won a major boxing title and a UFC championship, and her name was Holly Holm.

“After I was landing a few good straight lefts, I knew that I had it if I didn’t lose focus,” Holm said. “Anything can happen in there, and I didn’t want to let down my guard, thinking that this is going to be an easy task, because there’s no way that would be an easy task to take down Ronda Rousey. So I did feel confident in being able to time her, and I just needed to make sure to stay focused and not put my guard down at any time. I thought if there’s a good opening, just take it, and there wound up being the opening, so I went for it.”