Holly Holm couldn’t stop talking after her UFC 193 upset of Ronda Rousey.
But she wasn’t talking up herself at all.
Instead, Holm offered complete thanks and recognition to her coaches and training partners for putting her in a place to do the unthinkable and hand Rousey her first career loss. The former world boxing champion scored a second round knockout to become bantamweight champion.
Below are highlights from Holm’s post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1 after the fight:
Holly Holm on what it feels like winning
“I don’t know what it feels like right now. I’ll probably have a couple of sleepless nights replaying it. I feel so blessed.”
Holm on what she thought of Rousey at the weigh-in
“I saw her coming and she’s getting into it. When she came in, I felt like there was a lot of emotion and I felt like I had an edge. But I wanted to stay focused and still had to fight.”
Holm on fighting Rousey out of the clinch
“I can’t tell you how many times we worked on that defense in the camp. I had the best help in the world. We did everything so many times. At Jackson Winks’ it came down to a whole game plan. Greg Jackson is the master who came up with the plan. Winkeljohn handled the standup. He kept it simple. My wrestling coach Izzy Martinez was for all the physical fight in between that makes it an MMA fight. I had the best help I could and I had no excuse to lose.”
Holm on when she felt she had Rousey
“We didn’t want to be there for her counter. She has knockout power. I didn’t want to make that a habit getting hit by the counter. We needed to move and be precise. She hit me a few times. She has the power, but you have to be in range. I wanted to go forward in a smart way. I didn’t want her to bum rush me to the cage. The game plan we had worked out great.”