Holly Holm got a lot of flack for her decision to keep busy and fight so soon after her monumental win over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, and then her decision to take a dangerous fight in Valentina Shevchenko soon after that as well.
Holm, though, says people just have not paid enough attention to what she is about and do not get what she is in the sport to do.
“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,” Holm said on The MMA Hour (transcription via MMA Fighting). “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.”
Since defeating Rousey, Holm has gone 0-2, including her title loss to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 and her unanimous decision loss to Shevchenko at UFC on FOX 20. She suffered a broken thumb in the Shevchenko bout that is nearly healed, and just wants to come back and start winning again, no matter who the opponent is nor on what stage.
“No, I just want to fight, and I want to win,” she said. “That’s my goal. That’s really as simple as I want to think. What fight it is, it really doesn’t matter to me. I want to win just as badly whether it’s on a big card or not. I want to win even if it’s not on TV. Even in practice, I still want to punch my teammates more than they hit me. That’s the name of the game. I am just focused on a victory, and that’s it.”