Former bantamweight queen Holly Holm is not yet mulling over retirement even after a deflating loss at the recently-concluded UFC 239 pay-per-view event.
Holm challenged ‘The Lioness’ in the co-main event of the stacked UFC 239 fight card last Saturday at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Considered as the underdog, the 37-year-old fighter looked to beat the odds in an attempt to reclaim her lost glory.
Holm has gone 2-4 in the past six UFC outings, including three losses in three title fights.
In 2016, Holm surrendered the bantamweight belt to Miesha Tate after a technical submission loss.
She failed to capture the featherweight championship in two attempts as she was defeated by Germaine de Randamie and Cris Cyborg respectively in 2017.
Holly Holm: Amanda Nunes has done everything in the UFC except beat me…
— Blerd Without Fear!™ 💬 (@BlerdMinusFear) July 7, 2019
Time to Call it Quits
In the UFC 239 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White commented on Holm’s fantastic career and suggested that it is time for her to hang up her gloves.
At 37, Holm has a 5-5 win-loss record in the UFC and 12-5 overall in her professional MMA career.
“Listen, I don’t want to start going retirement crazy in here but she’s had an amazing career,” said the promotion chief, per MMA Fighting.
“She is one of the sweetest human beings you can ever meet and if you follow her on Instagram, she trains like a beast. She’s almost 40 years old and she’s in ridiculous shape.”
“The things that this woman can do physically with the rings and gymnastics and all that stuff is phenomenal.”
“She’s an incredible athlete, an incredible human being. I don’t know. I think she needs to take a look at what’s next for her.”
“I’m just saying that because I care about her as a person. She’s amazing. Something we should probably talk about.”
— THE GLOVE MMA (@GloveMma) July 7, 2019
Still Pushing Forward
Days after UFC 239, the native of Albuquerque, New Mexico finally broke her silence about the loss, saying the head kick feels like a nightmare.
“I always say I get to live the life of a dream. I never actually dreamed of getting kicked in the face, that’s never part of my dream.”
“That’s like on the nightmare part, living a little nightmare, wake up every morning like, ‘Yup, that’s real, that just happened.'”
Holm also shut down any possibilities of retirement as she aims to continue moving forward in the competition.
“But I just want you guys to know I’m feeling good and I know one thing: I’m still pushing forward.”
“A lot of heartbreak right now, but I’m doing fine, I just want you guys to know I appreciate the love and support,” Holm said. “And if you would like to have free lip filler, just get kicked in the face.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) July 11, 2019
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