UFC 243 Could Have Been the Career Resurrection Holly Holm Needed
By James Lee
Back at UFC 193, Holly Holm caused arguably the biggest shock in the sport’s history when she knocked out undefeated icon Ronda Rousey in the second round to claim the women’s bantamweight championship.
The building of her stardom began directly after the historic night in Australia. Beating the biggest name in the sport at the time and propelling herself onto the world stage. From just another contender on Ronda Rousey’s esteemed record to the main female figure in MMA.
But since that special moment, her time in the limelight has faded.
Faded because of her inconsistency and her scheduled return to the Melbourne Stadium on October 5th was set to be nostalgic, but necessary.
Holm was expected to open the main card against fellow contender Raquel Pennington in a fight that could have seen the recognition of being one of the best in the world lost by the eventual loser.
Unfortunately, she was forced to pull out from the contest just a week away from the event with a partially torn hamstring.
Holm explained her absence in an Instagram post on Saturday, in which she said:
“I’m staying positive and will be back to 100% soon. Just a little set back but I’ll be back before you know it.”
The fight would have been a rematch between the pair, with Holm earning the nod over Pennington via split decision in February 2015, on her way to UFC gold. The scheduled fight was important with both women in desperate need of a victory. Holly Holm especially.
Since the biggest win of her career in Australia, she has won two and lost five. Although her losses have come to the very best in the sport, that record is not that of somebody who is likely to win or maintain a UFC title.
She last fought for the bantamweight title in July, where she was finished by Amanda Nunes in the first round. The chance seemed likely to be Holm’s last at a UFC title, but she has decided to continue her journey and will look to earn her fifth title shot when she returns from injury and the UFC rebooking the fight with Pennington makes sense.
UFC 243 could have truly been a huge deal for Holm and could have been instrumental in the trajectory of her career going forward, but now she will have to wait for a chance at redemption and resurrection.