Holly Holm isn’t ready to hang up the gloves just yet.
Despite suggestions from some that it is time for her to retire, former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm says that she is far from done with fighting.
Even though she is 1-4 during her last five fights, the New Mexico native told The MMA Hour, “People ask me, ‘you had four out of five losses, four out of five fights are losses and you’re 36 and are you going to return. And I was like, it’s, ‘I still want to fight, that’s the bottom line.’”
Holm, who made history by becoming the first fighter, male or female, to win a world championship in both boxing and MMA, says that the desire is to compete is still present.
She cites her recent decision loss to Cris Cyborg as one reason to keep fighting. Holm became only the third fighter to take the fearsome Brazilian the distance. and she says, “Why wouldn’t I want to return when I just gave her the toughest fight in weight class that is a heavier weight class from where I usually fight against the biggest person?”
“I was the one who gave her her toughest fight so I don’t really understand the retirement, you know, people think should you retire maybe it’s just because of the way that, you know how those four fights have gone.”
“I know I’m still competitive, have a lot of capabilities if I want to do it. I definitely don’t have the, obviously every year gets a little bit more, maybe I can kind of coming closer. I’m 36, I’ll be 37 next year, I still feel like I’m strong and in competitive shape. I don’t feel 36.”
”I feel competitive and I feel strong feel and I feel can really do well, so I’m keep going to keep going with it.”
Source: MMA Fighting