Holly Holm Brushes Off Retirement Talks, Eyes Rematch With Cris Cyborg

Former women’s UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm is facing a loss in four of her last five fights. Beyond that, the fighter is now 36-years-old. With all of that in mind, “The Preacher’s Daughter” still has no interest in retiring anytime soon.

Holm most recently suffered a decision loss to women’s UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, making for the fourth loss in Holm’s career. Speaking on the latest edition of The MMA Hour, Holm revealed that the loss has not deterred her from fighting.

“A lot of people have been asking me, ‘You had four out of five losses, so you know, you are 36, are you going to retire now?’ I still want to fight, and that’s the bottom line. There are people who tell me I’m the only one who took her (Cyborg) that far, and others telling me to retire. I’m like, ‘Why would I want to retire when I just gave her the toughest fight?’ You know what I mean?”

“And in a weight class that’s a heavier weight class that I usually fight in, against the biggest person. I was still the one to give her the toughest fight, so I don’t really understand the retirement questions. Maybe it’s just because of the four of five has gone. I don’t see it that way. I am still competitive and have the capability and I still want to do it.”

Speaking on the possibility of returning to the featherweight division, Holm said:

“I feel like I am the bigger fighter at 135, but at 145 there is so much less stress about worrying about every meal and cutting weight is super easy and it takes that stress away. There are pluses and minuses for either one, but I am open to either.”

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