Holly Holm’s Fighting Spirit Demands She Keep Battling



Holly Holm’s Fighting Spirit Demands She Keep Battling

She is 2-4 in her last six outings and that is what it is, but maybe even more so when you are 37 years old.

Nature has a way of convincing more and more folks as they advanced from their early to their mid to their later 30s that fighting is a sport best suited for younger folks.

And Holly Holm if she even hears that sort of chatter, isn't having it. Because, and I think many, many fans, even hardcore ones, don't get it…These people are built different than you and me. Their needs are different, their blood is a different batch. They want and need to fight and that itch to rumble doesn't make its way out of you, like how you get over a flu.

To be rudely succint, often the wisdom needs to get beaten into you. Something has to be taken from you, for you to get the message, if you have the warrior spirit like a Holly Holm does. Holm got a W at UFC 225 in Illinois and will look to make it a two-fight win streak when on July 6 at UFC 239 she's set to face off with Amanda Nunes, for the UFC women's bantamweight championship.

She will not be favored. Among the2 set, it will be friends and family and those liking a live ‘dog laying money down on Holm. There will be plenty of people saying behind her back and on social media, “to her face,” that she should re-consider. She won't hear of it; Holm, who held the UFC bantam crown, will be the underdog versus Nunes, last seen handling Cyborg in brutally efficent fashion. Cybord had dispatched Holm, when they tangoed at UFC 219, in December 2017, via decision.

“It's nice to be able to fight back at 135, and also it's just kind of…I mean that's the belt I had and I want to get it back. So, I have a lot of motivation for it,” said Holly Holm, three weeks ago, at a presser. And yes, she may be handling some extra feelings, in her personal life, as she readies herself for the Nunes challenge.

“The thing is with her, she has fought at both weights as well. So, it's really not necessarily the weight, it's the opponent, and I know that I am up against the toughest opponent there is. So, it's time to take her down,” said 2, who I sometimes wonder if she's related to comedian Amy Schumer.

“I know I am in this position for a reason, and I know that I am fighting for this belt for a reason, and I am very capable, and I am going in there with every intention of taking the belt home,” said Holm.

Now, she's only human, right? She has to, like any human, sometimes have the doubts creep in…That Nunes is a beast…she hasn't lost since 2014…she “only” 30, might be at or near her physical peak.

But Holm seems to be s sunny side up type; check out her IG. She's smiling, looking for bright sports, and thanking God for blessings.


Yep, she's the underdog…But I say keep on keepin' on, Holly Holm, look to prove to all that 37 is te new 27.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.