In the past couple of weeks, UFC 196 has arguably panned its spotlight to the Connor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz fight. The match, which has yet to even get closer to the Ocatgon, has already been on fire chalk it up to sudden fighter change, weight division arguments and most recently, Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED) usage accusations. Now that the fight is merely days away, the co-headliner fight between Holly Holm and Meisha Tate is also getting its much deserved attention.
“I feel like every fight has a lot of pressure because I put it on myself. My last fight, a lot of people would tell me, ‘You have nothing to lose. She has everything to lose. You have nothing to lose.’ I’m like, ‘I put a lot of hard work in I have everything to lose,'” Holm said when she made an appearance last Thursday at the press conference for her fight against Tate. The Bantamwight Champion was talking about her historic knock out of former undefeated champ Ronda Rousey in UFC 193 last year where she acquired the title. Now, she is set to defend her belt for the first time when she steps in the octagon this Sunday.
“I don’t care what the odds say on the paper. I’m capable of winning this fight. And now that everyone is saying with the performance I had last time, the expectations are even higher. So, there’s even more pressure. Maybe from everybody else, but still the same pressure I put on myself,” she added.
While Holm does not really mind what the outside world thinks of her or how they predict the upcoming slug fest will come down, she knows that every fight is different and important in his overall resume.
“For every fight I always feel pressure because I want to do well for my time, everyone that has helped me get there. I want to perform for them and make all the hard work worth something,”
In terms of getting back on the stage again, Holm has expressed in a separate interview with USA Today that she did not want to wait until she realizes that she has yet to book a date in a year.
“There has been a lot going on in my life since I beat Ronda,” she said. “But this is what gets the best out of me, the chance to fight and get away from it all. I am ready, readier than ever.”