“Eight months between fights is a long time. Maybe not for some, but in boxing I used to fight four times a year for title fights. I was very active. This year is three fights in a year. I still feel like it’s active. To go eight months without one, we’re not even averaging two a year at that rate. So it’s kind of like, man that’s a really long time from now… I’ll embrace it if that’s the next fight. If I get a fight before then, then that’s great. I like to go with the flow. I don’t want to force anything. I don’t like anything to feel like it’s having to push. I want to feel like it’s flowing. I like to kind of go with it. Ride the wave, I guess you’d say.”
-UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ Holly Holm talks about the wait to UFC 200 during media event prior to UFC 194 and why it’s not her first choice to sit out that long (via MMAFighting.com).
Penick’s Analysis: It’s completely understandable for Holm to want to keep active and fight again. From a business standpoint, the UFC holding her out to fight Ronda Rousey at UFC 200 makes too much sense to risk her potentially losing or suffering an injury that doesn’t allow that to happen, but her wanting to fight before then is reasonable on her part. She doesn’t see it as a risk because she expects to win, and that’s great confidence on her part. Still, it’s unlikely the UFC will wind up booking her in another fight before then, and she’s unlikely to put up too much of a fight about it when they make that clear.
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