Part of being a champion is believing in yourself when nobody believes in you.
This is the exact mindset UFC women’s bantamweight contender Holly Holm is embracing as she prepares for her showdown in Australia with the promotion’s undisputed champion of the world “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
Fortunately for Holm, she is a former three-division boxing champion who knows what it takes to get to the top of the mountain. With that on her resume, the only thing anyone wants to know is how she plans to be the first woman to defeat the “Rowdy” one in the Octagon.
She said during a media call Thursday:
“I always think the mental part of the game is the biggest. I’ve been the underdog more than once and that is fine with me. Every style makes a difference and every fight makes a difference. I believe that I can do it and I think a lot of times people, when they get in there with her, they put her such high up on the pedestal they aren’t remembering that they are in there for a reason. There’s a reason why I have this fight is because I have the ability and capability to win.”
Regardless of the reason she was picked by the UFC to fight Rousey on such a big card is unknown. But what is known is that heading into the Nov. 14 showdown no one outside of Holm’s faithful fans in Albuquerque are picking the undefeated challenger to pull off a Buster Douglas upset.
In Vegas, oddsmakers have Holm as a whopping 13-to-1 underdog. Despite the long odds, Holm in sticking to her core values and sticking with her inner self confidence heading into the fight.
“I believe in myself and I train hard to succeed at it,” Holm said. “Every fight is different and every style is different. She hasn’t been beat yet but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.”