Holly Holm wants to fight as soon as possible. The UFC is hoping to save her for a big money rematch with Ronda Rousey in July.
Holm beat Rousey by second-round knockout at UFC 193 in November, stunning the sports world. The former three-division boxing champion is interested in a fairly quick turnaround to fight someone like top contender Miesha Tate while Rousey gets primed for a likely return at UFC 200 on July 9.
Holm said she is not used to long layoffs in between fights, averaging close to four matches per year when she was a boxer.
“Eight months between fights is a long time,” Holm said at a media event before UFC 194in Las Vegas. “Maybe not for some, but in boxing I used to fight four times a year for title fights. I was very active. This year is three fights in a year. I still feel like it’s active. To go eight months without one, we’re not even averaging two a year at that rate. So it’s kind of like, man that’s a really long time from now.”