ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Holly Holm hasn’t fought since losing her UFC Bantamweight title belt to Miesha Tate in March. She has had a lot of time to think about her return to the octagon and couldn’t be more excited about meeting Valentina Shevchenko in Chicago July 23.
“I feel like Valentina is a very, very tough opponent,” said Holm. “Maybe she hasn’t been, like, right in front of people’s faces for awhile but, they are starting to see who see is. A whole different kind of fighter. She has great Muay Thai so she is going to be tough.”
Holm will go into the fight with a 10-1 record. Shevchenko is 12-2.
Holm shook up the bantamweight division when she knocked out former dominant champion Ronda Rousey in Australia in November of 2015.
“Anytime after a fight when there is a loss I always feel like I really need to be able to earn this opportunity and it’s a whole different feel, a whole different mindset,” said Holm. “A lot of people say after this do you feel like you will fight for the title. Well, I’ve got to get through this fight first.”