Ahead of UFC 208, Holly Holm tells Fox Sports she doesn’t want to be defined by her knockout win over Ronda Rousey. … Uh, why not?!
Holly Holm is already tired of being linked to Ronda Rousey. That’s as crazy as Tom Brady saying he doesn’t want to be remembered for the Super Bowl titles. Yet and still, Holm (10-2, 7 KOs) prefers to make her own waves when she challenges Germaine de Randamie (6-3, 3 KOs) at UFC 208 this Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
— UFC (@ufc) February 5, 2017
Holm spoke about how her career has changed since nearly decapitating Rousey, America’s one-time arm-breaking princess, back in 2015.
“I don’t want my whole career to be defined around getting the belt from Ronda. I want my career to be defined by me being the best fighter I can be and accomplishing the biggest things I can, from whatever competition comes in front of me. …I don’t want it to just be around the one fight. I want them to remember everything after. I want to be able to do a lot in this career still.”
It’s admirable that Holm wants to win fans over on her own laurels. It’s also admirable of the guy who just farted in the elevator to hold the door open, but that isn’t the gesture you’ll remember.
Win or lose at UFC 208, I predict Holm will always and forever be linked to ending the Rousey hype train. Embrace it. You’ll be surprised how, 20 years from now, that’s more memorable than Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino’s entire career.