Holly Holm Breaks Silence After UFC 239 Loss
Holly Holm has never been stopped by knockout in her MMA career, but that was until she ran into the greatest female fighter in MMA history. Amanda Nunes, who was on the quest of cementing herself as the G.O.A.T of women’s MMA, defended her UFC bantamweight title against Holly in the co-main event of UFC 239.
This wasn’t the first time Holm was walking into the Octagon as the underdog. Back in 2015, Holly shocked the world when she defeated the then champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. Then considered to be the greatest female fighter on the planet, Ronda walked into the PPV as a heavy favourite, only for Holm to land her devastating kick to take her out.
At UFC 239 however, the roles switched, as Amanda Nunes caught Holly with a head kick in the first round, and rained down with a barrage of punches to win the fight. While Holly Holm and her team have been fairly quiet since, the former bantamweight champion took to Instagram to break her silence.
“I always say I get to live the life of a dream. I never actually dreamed of getting kicked in the face, that’s never part of my dream”, Holly Holm said (transcript via MMA Fighting). “That’s like on the nightmare part, living a little nightmare, wake up every morning like, ‘Yup, that’s real, that just happened.’ But I just want you guys to know I’m feeling good and I know one thing: I’m still pushing forward.
“A lot of heartbreak right now, but I’m doing fine, I just want you guys to know I appreciate the love and support”, she concluded. “And if you would like to have free lip filler, just get kicked in the face.”
After the fight during the press conference, Dana was asked about what was next for Holly, and the UFC President told the reporters that he will have to sit down with her to talk about her future.
“She’s an incredible athlete, an incredible human being. I don’t know. I think she needs to take a look at what’s next for her.
“I’m just saying that because I care about her as a person. She’s amazing. [It’s just] something we should probably talk about.”