The former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm recently took to her Instagram account and posted a couple of pictures that featured her in the hotel pool, wearing a swimsuit.
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Mike Winkeljohn reveals why nobody wants to fight Holly Holm
Holm‘s coach Mike Winkeljohn recently said that nobody wants to fight the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion. Holm was last seen in action in October last year. In the main event of UFC Fight Island 4, “The Preacher’s Daughter” faced surging contender Irene Aldana. After a dominant five rounds, the 39-year-old left Abu Dhabi with a unanimous decision victory (50-45, 50-45, 50-44).
The result extended Holm’s winning streak to two, and after a similarly controlling performance against Raquel Pennington earlier in the year, showed that the 39-year-old is back to her best. And according to her coach, the bantamweight division is taking notice.
During an appearance on Submission Radio, Mike Winkeljohn, who also coaches the legendary Jon Jones, suggested that fighters are afraid of facing the new and improved version of Holm. He revealed that the struggle to find an opponent at 135 pounds has led to her next bout being contested at featherweight. Dana White Losing A-List Star To Bellator?
“Honestly, nobody wants to fight Holly. We have to go up to 145 for this fight with (Norma) Dumont because nobody wants to fight Holly. I can go through the list. De Randamie’s ranked number one, she said absolutely, no way, I’m not gonna fight Holly Holm. So, she said no. We’ve already beat Raquel a bunch of times. We beat up Aldana. Aldana just beat up Yana. So, none of those are gonna make sense. Miesha Tate said nope, not right now. So, everybody talks the talk, but honestly, behind the scenes, nobody wants to fight Holly.” (h/t Middle Easy)
He further explained why top bantamweights are reluctant to accept a matchup with Holm. He said:
“Holly just wants the title shot. That’s all she wants. She’s never turned down a fight before in her life, and she wants a title fight. I thought Holly looked so impressive when she fought Irene Aldana, that people gotta know where she’s at. And that’s the problem, people are like, uh oh, she can now wrestle people now? As well as striking? It’s getting scary, and I think people see that.”