Holly Holm discusses Ronda Rousey's potential retirement from MMA

Holly Holm

Former longtime middleweight champion and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva (33-8 MMA, 16-4 UFC) returns to take on Derek Brunson (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in the co-main event.

That's in addition to Holm's long, storied career as a boxer where she was rated as one of the top women's fighters of all time before retiring to turn her focus towards mixed martial arts.

"A lot of people don't know my credentials in kickboxing", de Randamie (6-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie in advance of her title bout opposite former bantamweight champ Holly Holm (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC 208. The biggest motivating factor for me is not that's it's for the belt, not that it's making history. "It motivates me for sure".

"I don't want to lose".

"I was planning on staying for two weeks to train afterwards and after a week they said if I wanted to, I could live and train there full-time and I just said OK".

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Rousey recently suffered her second straight loss when she fell to current women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in just 48 seconds at UFC 207. It was quite a backwards slide for Holm, who entered 2016 off the biggest win of her career over Ronda Rousey only to face back-to-back losses to put her right back at square one in many ways. Or she might not fight for two years and then say, 'I'm really aching for it.

'I know she had a year off but it was a year off and back into a title fight. It is very, very hard mentally and emotionally. It's a done deal. It is pressure. I want to use it as good motivation. Yeah, I think I'm OK. They offered me the fight, he had three pro fights, and I'm like, let's do it.

"There are levels to MMA and Australia is still so young in the sport... the training just isn't as good as it is here, not for me at least".

"Ronda might be done, but she really accomplished a lot".

'Coming off a knockout, Ronda or anybody else - I'm not saying it's just her, it's just fighters - you come off from a knockout. "But I'm ready. If I fought men, I can fight Holly".

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That makes it even worse. "Whatever, right now it's Holly vs.me". It wasn't the distractions or the media or being thrust into the limelight or anything like that.

"The date of that fight is my birthday as well...it's a nice coincidence that the women's featherweight belt is going to be created on my birthday".

"It's my own fault for not performing".

"Maybe she'll come back in the future". "I respect Holly. She's a tremendous athlete". If she can knock off Holm and steal a little of her spotlight on Saturday, that stardom could extend far beyond Dutch borders. Then, at the height of fan brushback against the idea of not including the best women's featherweight fighter ever into the first 145-pound title fight, Justino was flagged for a potential banned substance violation in an out-of-competition test administered by USADA. I can say that Holm pressed the restart button by moving up to featherweight, which is a wise decision. I can handle it. Because they wouldn't be able to handle the pressure. "That's why I'm here".

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