Holm has yet to win a bout since her destruction of Ronda Rousey in November 2015 at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. Having suffered losses to Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko, and a Germaine da Randamie, Holm is desperately hoping to get back into the win column this weekend in Singapore.
Making the trip to the Far East with the former UFC bantamweight champion will be her long-time coach, Mike Winkeljohn. He spoke to Submission Radio last week about Holm’s upcoming fight and said that we can expect her to bring out some new tools to get the job done.
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“I think Holly is going to stop her before the end of the fight, there’s no doubt about that,” Winkeljohn said. “I think Holly can just pick her apart when she wants. In many ways, she’s got some new tools people haven’t seen before. Bethe is as strong as they come. She’s a counter-puncher, she punches hard, she comes in, she’s very good with the double underhook and she likes to press people against the cage and tries to control the space that way, but hopefully we have a, and we do, have a plan to defeat everything she’s got coming to the table with.”
Holm’s last defeat came in controversial circumstances at UFC 208 to da Randamie in the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title fight. Much of the talk recently has been about the Dutch fighter turning down a fight with Cris “Cyborg," but Winkeljohn said he can understand why she might have avoided fighting the former Invicta champion.
“Well, it’s not for me to second-guess what’s going on in Germaine’s head,” Winkeljohn said. “That’s a tough one with Cyborg. There’s no doubt in my mind Holly would never turn down a fight. We were offered the Cyborg fight some ways back, but she couldn’t make the weight. This whole 145 division is new to everybody, but with that being said, you know what, I think maybe Cristiane needs to be not in trouble with any kind of testing for a good year first before anybody’s willing to fight her. And also, she has been busted for it in the past and it’s tough. It’s easy for people to say outside, ‘hey, you should fight her,’ but how do I say it, she’s not what she used to be. She’s chemically changed and some things just aren’t fair on the table. You can’t blame Germaine for that.”
While Winkeljohn implied that Cyborg has benefited from previous use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), he did say that Holm would consider a fight with her down the line if the right money was on the table.
“I see a situation where I’d rather wait that time period and build it,” Winkeljohn said. “It’s going to be a money fight. That’s it. Holly will fight for the money fight. She doesn’t have that many fights left in her career, and Holly’s got numbers, she’s got followers. People have a tendency to really like Holly cause she’s that person, she’s a good role model for ladies. She’s that thing that like I said before, that moms don’t mind their kids growing up to be like her, or admiring because she’s a good kid, she’s got good values, that kind of thing. And because of that she’s got fantastic followers, she’s one of the highest in the UFC.”
Money fights will be out of the question, though, if Holm cannot get back to her winning ways. Coach Wink is confident that will all turn around this weekend and he’s predicting a win inside the distance.
“I think she’s [Holm] going to [bring] some new tools,” Winkeljohn said. “She’ll [Correia] become a bloody mess and then Holly [will take] advantage as the fight goes on. She’ll end up knocking her out.”
It’s all eyes on Singapore this Saturday to see if Holm can do exactly that.