Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm has been forced to sit on the sidelines and watch the championship she won from Ronda Rousey hop from fighter to fighter before ultimately landing on Amanda Nunes due to an injury she suffered in her fight with Valentina Shevchenko.
Holm has received a lot of flack from fans for being someone who selects the “big money” fights, when in all actuality she took on a lower-ranked opponent in Shevchenko on free television. She would go on to lose the fight, and she is still befuddled by the negative feedback she receives from citics. She told MMA Fighting:
“It is annoying because a lot of people that do that, I don’t think they ever listen to all these others kind of interviews or articles or anything that come out for me. I like to fight. I don’t know why people think that I’m taking fights for money. It drives me crazy. I wanted to fight because I wanted to get in there and fight, it had nothing to do if I should have waited for this money fight or that money fight. It’s not why I fight.”
“And, so whatever people say I guess is their own opinion that has nothing to do with what I shoot for or what my goals are. I always tell myself I’m never going to fight for money, only for passion. And I want to stay true to that. And that’s what I was doing, is fighting because I wanted to fight. That’s it.”