Exit Holly Holm ... for now at least.
The former UFC women's bantamweight champion, the fighter who dethroned Ronda Rousey and was then heralded as the next big thing in women's MMA, has decided that she wants to focus on other things besides MMA. She will also be using this downtime to recover from her injuries.
"I was pushing pretty hard through the last couple fights,” Holm told KOB4 in Alburquerque. “Maybe that took a toll on me, not just physically but mentally. I'm going to focus on some other things that I need to take care of outside of the fighting world.”
Holm broke her thumb during last month's battle with Valentina Shevchenko. In the fight before that she lost her title to Miesha Tate. The Shevchenko battle was close, with Shevchenko out-hustling Holm. Against Tate, she was submitted by rear naked choke in the fifth and final round.
Holm's team is taking the Zen approach to her two losses.
“I think everything happens for a reason,” added Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez. “I think Holly needed a little bit of a break. Her knee had been acting up a little bit. I think it's a blessing in disguise, so it's going to give her body time to recover.”
Holm will be out at least six weeks while she focuses on "other things."