Published: Fri, February 10, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

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"She's doing [this fight] because this is where we're at, but she wants the 135-pound title back".

Despite a distinguished career in both boxing and kickboxing, Holm announced herself as a fighter in the UFC when she landed a kick to the side of Ronda Rousey's head at UFC 193, unseating the previously undefeated, and presumed invincible, bantamweight champion. "The Preacher's Daughter" lost her championship to Miesha Tate four months later.

"There's a lot that has to happen for a fight with Cyborg to happen because she's not even fighting right now", laughed Holm.

De Randamie is a blast to watch, seems like a lovely human being, and hopefully will be more visible with a title.

"To not lose. That's the biggest motivating factor for me", Hold told FOX Sports ahead of her bout Saturday night.

That's why Holm has changed her mindset going into UFC 208 because something was clearly off the last time she stepped into the Octagon to face Shevchenko. She was victorious in her last fight when she took on Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Arlovski back in May of previous year.

"I don't really know a lot about Germaine, I know she has good striking, but I'm a Holly fan, I'm always going to go with Holly, even though now I could be potentially fighting her, it's weird". It won't erase those past defeats, but it will put Holm back on the right track so she can start to rebuild after suffering back-to-back defeats.

De Randamie's lone main card showing may just be her most impressive to date: a first-round TKO of Anna Elmose in front of a home crowd at UFC Fight Night 87. I had big fights in boxing and there were big things going on in my life and when the fight came I thought to myself 'Holly, you're going to be dealing with this stuff regardless after the fight, do you want to deal with a loss, too?'.

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Weirdness aside, Anderson continues to work hard on her game under Krause, and said that anyone who thinks she is simply a stand-up fighter is for a rude awakening.

"Prior to joining the UFC, de Randamie competed in the Strikeforce featherweight division".

"I know I have two losses but I also know that I didn't get schooled in my last two fights", Holm said.

"On paper, it might not make sense for them to take this fight", Boetsch said Wednesday from UFC 208 media day at the Barclays Center. De Randamie's issues in mixed martial arts have only come from fighters who could take her down, at which point she's finished or goes through the grinder for three rounds.

Holm welcomes that pressure, however, and promises that her days on top are far from finished. "But I'm ready. If I fought men, I can fight Holly".

"I just didn't focus in the moment, in the fights". She won the fight.

There's a perception - real or imagined - the Bisping is running from the middleweight elite, and for a veteran with nearly 10 years of UFC experience, that's just not what fighting's about.

"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. I wouldn't have gotten the call if the other guys weren't afraid of him".

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