“At that point, and I still think about it, it brings tears to my eyes,” said Holm. “Telling her that at that point, it left no room for me in my mind to be in the gutter and continue harboring these negative thoughts.” It put my mind back on a positive path.
Positivity has always been a hallmark of Holm’s personality, but it was then that anyone who needed a booster found out that she was a fighter.
Holm, a former UFC bantamweight champion who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 class in June, got her revenge with Mathis, who has not hesitated to return to Albuquerque for the comeback fight less than six months later. And while Holm’s coaches, family, close friends and teammates were firmly in her corner, there were more skeptics than believers that she could turn the tide in her favor.
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“I don’t judge anyone for that, but there were people who were really close to me at the time, not so much more, who doubted me. And I can’t have someone tell me, don’t do that, you don’t have to do that. By telling me that, you’re telling me that you think I can’t do it. It means you don’t think I’m good enough and if you don’t believe in me it makes me feel weak and I don’t need to be around people who try to put me down. I need to be surrounded by people who tell me, “Yeah, go ahead, you can do this.” Some people would say, “You’re going to retire, aren’t you?” In my head I was like, yeah, because you would. It gave me confidence that I was doing something special. You wouldn’t, but that’s what separates me from you.
This confidence, courage and heart, along with a lot of skill, brought Holm to the top of the boxing world and established her as one of the best to do so. And if the three division titles weren’t enough, how about the recognition as The Ring magazine’s two-time Fighter of the Year and a 21-1-1 record in title fights? world, the most important of which came on June 15, 2012, when she scored a clear and unanimous decision on Anne Sophie Mathis.
“It was definitely my most defining moment in boxing, one hundred percent,” said Holm, who beat Diana Prazak and Mary McGee before retiring from boxing to make mixed martial arts a full-time endeavor. At 40, Holm is still on the hunt for another UFC world title, and as she sits second in the 135-pound table, she could be a win away from a crack to regain the title she’s. she took from Ronda Rousey in 2015.