MMA – With champion Amanda Nunes focused on winning back her bantamweight title, Holly Holm doubts the viability of the featherweight division.
During her career, Holly Holm has oscillated between two divisions. Last October she was scheduled to face Norma Dumont in featherweight, but an injury ultimately led to her forfeit. Prior to this cancellation, Holm had two bantamweight victories over Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana. However, his two successes are starting to date. Indeed, Holm has not appeared in the octagon since October 2020. This is why she remains open to all proposals, in both divisions. Nonetheless, she said, it is not certain that the featherweight division is viable in the long term.
“I’m always open to any fight and that’s why I took it (vs. Dumont), but if there’s another opportunity that makes more sense, that’s what I’ll take Holm told MMA Fighting. “Yeah, there’s a belt in the featherweights, but you never know what’s going to happen (in this division).”
The featherweight division was formed in 2017 to accommodate Cris Cyborg, then considered the GWOAT. However, after two belt defenses, the Brazilian was knocked out by her compatriot Amanda Nunes. She then returned to victory against Felicia Spencer before joining the Bellator.
Today the featherweight belt is still held by Nunes. However, the latter has just lost her other belt, among the Bantamweights, and therefore favors the reconquest of her title.
“If (Nunes) fights right away, will she come back for the rematch?” It will be 135 (pounds) anyway, ”said Holm. “So what’s the outlook at 145 (pounds)?” What would I really try to do there? “
“That’s why I want to focus on the 135 (bantamweight) which is the category I like to be in anyway. This is my weight class. Yeah, I competed at 145 (featherweight) because I’m open to both, because I want to fight. But it makes more sense for me to fight at 135, ”concluded Holly Holm.
Aged 40, the American still has no opponent for her return to the octagon.