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Bellator Double-Header Primer: A Whole Lotta Violence on Tap

The State of Oklahoma and the nation of Italy will be linked in blood and violence this weekend, thanks to a Bellator double-header that has Bellator 202 and 203 hitting us one day after the other.

Bellator 202 has female featherweight champ Julia Budd defending her belt against Talita Nogueira, which is whatever. But the co-main event has former bantamweight king Eduardo Dantas taking on former UFC contender Michael McDonald, and therein will lie the majority of the bloodshed.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Bellator 203 will see featherweight king Patricio Freire clash with Daniel Weichel in the main event. “Pitbull” already took Weichel out in convincing fashion the last time they met, so this one could be a snuff film.

And further down the card, there’s former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov. He’s taking on a no-name in Vaso Bakocevic, so yeah, someone is getting their head lopped off for sure.

Good times, right?

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Kevin Lee ‘changing up whole style’ for 2018, open to ‘easy money fight’ with Justin Gaethje

Kevin Lee saw his five-fight win streak come to an end when he was submitted by Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216 for the interim lightweight title.

In hopes of regaining some ground in the talented 155-pound division, “Motown Phenom” is changing up a few things for 2018. Not only is Lee taking some time off to refine his skills inside of the cage, but he’s mixing things up on the management side, too.

“I’m taking some time, I’m changing up my whole style,” Lee said during a recent appearance on MMA on SiriusXM.I’m changing up my team around me. You know, there have been a lot of things happening, especially at the end of this last year, unfortunately, that I’ve had to make changes (for). But it’s a new me, it’s a new start, when I come back the folks are going to see a new me.”

When Lee is ready and willing to step back inside of the Octagon he may find himself in a lightweight clash with fan favorite Justin Gaethje, who is coming off a third-round knockout loss to former champion Eddie Alvarez back at UFC 218. Gaethje recently took aim at “Motown Phenom” when he said he’d love to beat up a “loudmouth.”

“I mean, absolutely,” Lee said when asked if he’d be interested in fighting Gaethje. “I think the best thing about 155 is that there are so many options. The division is right open now. I don’t know, we’ll see.”

That said, Lee insists that “Highlight” needs even more time off than himself to heal from the beating he sustained opposite Alvarez, as well as Gaethje’s menacing UFC debut against Michael Johnson back in July.

“If it’s going to be against Justin, I like easy money,” Lee said.

“Justin likes to take a lot of damage. I like to give a lot of damage – it seems like a good match to me.

“I’m trying to look out for Justin’s health, too. He needs some time, too. The man has taken a lot of bad beatings over the last couple of months. I don’t think he wants another one right here, right now.

“If he does then so be it, but for now I’m just taking my time. I’m still young in the game. I got a long time to go. I want to make some necessary changes to my camp. I’ve just changed management, too. There are going to be a lot of changes coming and I think people are going to be excited about it.”

Whether or not Lee draws Gaethje his next time out (that seems like one of the more plausible matchups), fight fans better get used to “Motown Phenom” competing atop the UFC’s 155-pound division. Every time he has lost inside of the Octagon Lee has seemingly come back stronger, so there’s no telling how far the Grand Rapids native can take it in 2018.

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Conor McGregor erupts on boxing media over Floyd Mayweather: ‘I’m going to shock the whole goddamn world’

Conor McGregor began Friday night as a guest at the long-awaited pro debut of Irish Olympic boxer Michael Conlan in New York. But by the end of the night, he was a full-blown part of the show.

McGregor erupted at members of the boxing media seated ringside at Madison Square Garden in the aftermath of the bout, approaching ESPN’s Dan Rafael and blowing up over the rumored mega-fight between the reigning UFC lightweight champion and (formally?) retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“You’re the boxing guy? I’m the boxing guy. Watch me take over boxing,” McGregor roared. “Trust me on that. No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming. Trust me on that. When I step in there, I’m going to shock the whole goddamn world. Trust me on that. Look me in the eyes. Twenty-eight years of age, confident as a motherf*cker, long, rangy, dangerous with every hand. Trust me, I’m going to stop Floyd and you’re all going to eat your words. The whole world is going to eat their words.”

The exchange took place just two days after UFC president Dana White said “I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen” when asked about a potential Mayweather-McGregor fight during an interview with late-night host Conan O’Brien. The statement was the most direct public support that White has given the bout, which not long ago was only considered a pipe dream.

“I do think it’s gonna happen,” White said. “I think it’s going to be a tough deal, because obviously [there are] a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher. On the flip side, there’s so much money involved. I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”

Mayweather, an undefeated 49-0 fighter widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers of his era, last week announced that he was coming out of retirement to fight McGregor, the biggest draw in the history of mixed martial arts and the only man to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.

McGregor was in attendance Friday night in New York at Madison Square Garden, the very same venue he achieved his dual-champion status last November when he dethroned Eddie Alvarez to capture the UFC lightweight title. “The Notorious” sat ringside as his countryman Conlan scored a third-round stoppage victory over Tim Ibarra in his professional boxing debut.

When asked afterward about a potential date for the Mayweather fight, McGregor didn’t mince his words.

“We’re getting close, don’t worry about it,” McGregor said. “You’ll hear about it. I’m out of here. I am boxing.”

Catch videos of the exchanges above and below.

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Morning Report: Julianna Peña goes off on Ronda Rousey: ‘She’s been dodging me this whole time’

Though UFC women’s bantamweight contender Julianna Pena may have only fought once last year, she certainly made a name for herself outside of the cage. Peña made waves last year by giving multiple fired up interviews where she attacked the UFC for giving Ronda Rousey an immediate title shot, threatened to leave the UFC for doing so, and most recently, she threatened to “raise Hell” if she was denied a title shot after winning her next fight against Valentina Shevchenko. Well, it looks like 2017 will be no different.

In a recent appearance on Brian Stann’s radio show Toe-2-Toe on SiriusXM Rush, Peña once again took aim at Ronda Rousey following her 48-second destruction at the hands of bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, saying that Rousey was never that good and that the former champion had been ducking her going all the way back to her days as a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter.

“It just sucks that Ronda’s been dodging me this whole time. When I was on The Ultimate Fighter and Dana allowed women to fight in the UFC, she was fighting one girl while I fought four girls in seven weeks. The reason why they don’t count those fights as real is because it would be illegal. It would be absolutely illegal to allow that many fights in that short amount of time.

“The thing that drives me crazy is that I took out her whole team. She should’ve wanted to fight me in vengeance for her team right after I beat every member on her team. I dismantled all of them. It drives me crazy that it wasn’t me that was able to do it and it drives me crazy that she’s been dodging me this whole time and that I wasn’t the one to be able to dethrone her. To show everyone that this girl’s been spoiled. She’s been handpicking her fights from day one. She’s been getting everything handed to her because her name is Ronda Rousey and she’s been brought up to be this glorious god that was untouchable and it just drives me crazy that I wasn’t able to be the one to dethrone her from the beginning.

“But hats off to Holly Holm and hats off to Amanda Nunes for getting the job done. Unfortunately, it wasn’t able to be me and I don’t know if it ever will be because I don’t know if she’s ever gonna come back or not.”

Peña made her way to the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, the first season to feature female fighters and the season coached by then champion Rousey. Peña was the first overall selection for Miesha Tate and defeated two of Rousey’s selections en route to winning the tournament, Rousey’s longtime friend and training partner Shayna Baszler and Rousey’s last pick, Jessica Rakoczy. As Peña began to put together her current four-fight winning streak, Rousey defended her belt five times against top-ranked contenders. Rousey’s recent losses, including her devastating loss a little over a week ago, have left her MMA future incredible uncertain.

Peña’s future, on the other hand, is far more concrete. She’s set to take on No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of UFC on FOX: Denver with the winner all but guaranteed the next crack at Amanda Nunes’ title. It’s a fight Peña didn’t particularly want beforehand, but now she has jumped into it wholeheartedly, saying she has an “obsession” with this fight and with proving that she is the true champion at 135 pounds.

“I’m constantly studying video on this girl. I think I’ve dug up every single video out of the depths of the internet on Valentina. I wake up thinking about her, I got to bed thinking about her. She’s always constantly on my mind. I stalk this girl for Pete’s sake. It’s kind of scary. The obsession that I have with her is a bit freaky. And it’s just because I want to prove a point to myself that I am the force to be reckoned with in this division like I’ve been saying since day one. I am the one to be feared. They do not want to get locked in the cage with me because I’m a freakin’ animal and I’m a machine and I’m coming to kill you.

“I think that they all underestimate me. All the time everybody’s always underestimating me. All the time everyone’s disrespecting me and not giving me my credit and it makes me so angry and it puts a fire underneath my ass to go out there and prove it time and time again. That I am the freakin’ champion, I am the rightful champion, and it’s only a matter of time and it will just be a consequence of all the hurdles and the bumps that I’ve had to go through that I get to that title shot and I get that 12 pounds of gold around my waist. It’s only a matter of time.”

Shevchenko is no easy task for the ambition young fighter though. The Russian bantamweight was among the best Muay Thai fighters in the world before transitioning to MMA where she has only suffered two defeats, one of those an extremely close battle with the current champion. But assuming she is able to get past Shevchenko, Peña likes her chances to against Nunes.

“I predicted from the very beginning that Amanda was gonna knock Ronda Rousey out and it turned out that I was right. I think that I hit the nail on the head. So congratulations to Amanda Nunes but I also know that the opponent I’m about to face has already faced her and gave her a hell of a war too so she’s not untouchable and every dog has its day.

“The lion climbing the hill is a lot more hungrier than a lion that sits on top of the hill, and I’m definitely a lion in my own right. I was born on Aug. 19th at 11:11 AM and I was bound for greatness. I am true Leo lion and I spit fire morning, noon, and night, and I’m not gonna stop until I get what’s rightfully mine.”

Peña faces Shevchenko in the main even of UFC on FOX: Denver on Jan. 28th.


Civil. Mark Hunt has filed a lawsuit against Brock Lesnar and the UFC.

86 420. The NAC will discuss removing marijuana from the banned list.

Cancellation. The UFC canceled their event scheduled for March 3rd in Las Vegas.

A la King. Jacare Souza says Luke Rockhold “chickened out” of fighting him.

Dodge. T.J. Dillashaw believes Cody Garbrandt is trying to “avoid the fight” with him.


TTTHS Awards.

Champ Life.

Apparently Brock hexed them or something by walking on the logo.

Floyd telling Ronda to keep her head up.

Not technically MMA but Jack Slack is wonderful and this whole episode was great.



Angela Lee interview.

Anik and Flo.


This is the best thing done by an MMA fighter in a long time.

What a gentleman.

I hope it’s not for all. I hope y’all fight like 5 times.

Does this mean they’re fighting?


Buchholz is not happy about not getting his due.


Interesting info.

Seems like she’s mad about the Carla news.


Elizabeth Phillips (5-4) vs. Leah Letson (3-1); Invicta 21, Jan. 15.

Melvin Guillard (32-16-2, 3 NC) vs. Chidi Njokuani (16-4, 1 NC); Bellator 171, Jan. 27.

Alessio Di Chirico (10-1) vs. Eric Spicely (9-1); UFC on Fox: Denver, Jan. 28.

Luis Henrique da Silva (12-1) vs. Jordan Johnson (6-0); UFC on Fox: Denver, Jan. 28.

Carla Esparza (11-3) vs. Randa Markos (6-4); UFC Fight Night: Halifax, Feb. 19.

Ricardo Ramos (9-1) vs. Michinori Tanaka (11-2); UFC Fight Night: Houston, March 4.

Vicente Luque (11-5-1) vs. Leon Edwards (12-3); UFC Fight Night: London, March 18.


2002: B.J. Penn lost for the first time in his career when Jens Pulver defeated him by unanimous decision at UFC 35 to retain his UFC lightweight championship. This event also featured Murilo Bustamante stopping Dave Menne with punches to claim the UFC midleweight championship.

2010: Gray Maynard defeated Nate Diaz in their rematch at UFC Fight Night: Fairfax.


That interview with Peña is something else. Sure, the Ronda ducking her while Ronda was fighting top 5 opponents is a bit off, but you can tell this woman has a huge chip on her shoulder and really, really wants this. Hard to imagine anyone who is more motivated than her right now.

That’s all folks. Have a great one and see y’all tomorrow.

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Conor McGregor Grabs Two World Titles Inside of Two Rounds: UFC 205 (Catch The Whole Fight Card Here!)

The Recap

Well fight fans UFC 205 has come and went and there were definitely some barn burners, and 1st round K.O.’s that tickled our fancy throughout the event. But in case for some reason you couldn’t catch the first MMA event in MSG, this is what you missed…

The Prelims

Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad

There’s a short feeling out process as both fighters engage. Vicente lands a head strike that ends the fight.

Winner: Vicente Rd1 KO/TKO

Rafael Natal vs. Tim Boetsch

Tim Boetsch is the aggressor, taking the middle of the octagon and applying the pressure. Boetsch pressures Natal, landing a right hand early that has opened up a cut over Natal’s left eye. Natal swings wildly with a big right hand that can’t seem to find the mark.  Boetsch continues to pressure until he lands a right hand up against the cage that drops Natal.  Boetsch continues to club him, landing clean to the almost unconscious Natal, the ref calls the fight.

Winner: Tim Boetsch Rd1:TKO  3:22

Michael Johnson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

In the opening round Johnson appears to be the livelier man, landing shots and apparently hurting Nurmagomedov with a right…then reality hit. Nurmagomedov gets the takedown in the middle of the first round and it was all over but the tears. He then went on a 2 round smothering  of Johnson that would eventually ended in a 3rd round stoppage. Nurmagomedov landed hard shots and put Johnson in impossible positions. Nothing but heart kept Johnson in the fight until the final round, but heart can only do but so much as the end was inevitable.

Winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov Rd 3  Stoppage

Jeremy Stephens vs. Frankie Edgar

Good exchanges but Frankie lands two takedowns which might have given him the round. In the second round Jeremy lands the head kick heard round the world momentarily dropping Frankie. Somehow Frankie survives and ends the round on top with a failed attempted at guillotine choke. The third round was pretty much more of the same as Frankie landed some key takedowns and avoided the heavy strikes of Stephens.

Winner: Frankie Edgar unanimous decision


 Main Card

 Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington

Pennington is winning on the feet, keeping Miesha at bay with stiff jabs that are landing on the former champion. Meisha stays in the game with a couple of takedowns but Pennington is landing more shots and seems to be wining the fight. In the beginning of the third round, Miesha pulls guard which is the beginning of the end as Pennington gains position and ends the round on top dishing out strikes. Pennington gets the win and in a surprising but not so surprising move, Meisha announces her retirement from the sport.

Winner: Raquel Pennington – Decision *Miesha Tate retires*

Weidman vs. Romero

The first round is a feeling out process, a couple of scrambles but nothing serious, Weidman may have edged it out but it’s close. The second round is not much better as Weidman lands leg kicks but Romero takes him down multiple times.  They exchange  in the beginning of the round and Romero lands a flying knee that connects to the left side of Weidman’s head. Romero follows it up with a flurry of punches and the fight is called. Romero by TKO.

Winner: Yoel Romero – Rd3 TKO

Winner: Yoel Romero – TKO Rd.3


Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Karolina takes the center of the octagon, both fighters get out there and strike, Joanna has the edge in open space but Karolina gets the edge against the fence,  close round.  2nd and 3rd round were pretty much death by leg kicks as Joanna outpoints her opponent, causing her to switch stance multiple times. Championship rounds, Karolina seems to have hurt Joanna with a strike as she’s on wobbly legs but she answers with a flurry of strikes of her own as well as a clinch that takes her into the 5th round. It’s a striking affair with Joanna winning more of the exchanges, she’s simply throwing more while Karolina is trying to walk her down. Both physically fatigued but Joanna is landing more out of the two fighters

Winner: Joanna Jedrzejczyk – Decision

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs. Tyron Woodley

After feeling each other out, Tyron Woodley ends up on top, laying some ground and pound on the elusive wonderboy and cutting him up in the first round. In the second round round Thompson takes the center of the octagon and tries to pressure Woodley which with success as Woodley’s aggression is tamed, it’s a close round. The third round is interesting, though  Wonderboy pressured and landed a couple shots, Tyron seemed to roll with them unaffected. Close round but I’d have to give the edge to Wonderboy. Woodley lands a right hand that sends Wonderboy to the canvas and  it seems all but over as Woodley applies the guillotine choke. But to no avail, Wonderboy somehow survives and ends the round on top with some ground and pound. In the fifth round the champion plays it safe and is on the defensive. Thompson lands some shots but it’s nothing effective. The fight goes to a decision.

Winner: Majority Draw 47-47, Woodley retains title


Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez

Rd 1: Truly a match of serpents, any false move could end this fight. Conor lands a couple of left hands that sends Eddie to the canvas  a couple of times but eddie survives and lands a couple of shots of his own.

Rd2: There’s a couple of exchanges in which McGregor seems to be getting the better. Alvarez lands a hard right and presses McGregor against the cage. He tries for the takedown but to no avail. They’re in open space, McGregor lands a counter left, right uppercut, straight left, right uppercut, ground and pound, and it’s over. The ref calls the match.

Winner: Conor McGregor Rd2 by  TKO

McGregor unifies two world titles inside of two rounds. I don’t know about you but I’m excited, that was a thing of beauty. Did anyone else hear Conor mention the welterweight world title to Dana White? If you didn’t believe before, you probably should. This dude is ice cold.

Let us know what you thought of the fight below in the comments section below.


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Eddie Alvarez: If I fight Conor McGregor, ‘I’m about to tell the whole world that there’s no Santa Claus’

Eddie Alvarez’s new nickname might be “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”

The UFC lightweight champion told Ariel Helwani during a walk-and-talk interview in Philadelphia for MMA Fighting that if he were to fight Conor McGregor, he would break a lot of people’s hearts.

“I feel like if this fight is signed and it happens, I feel like I’m about to tell the whole world that there’s no Santa Claus,” Alvarez said. “And everybody is gonna be disappointed. There’s no Santa Claus. He don’t exist. It was a lie and I’m gonna steal the magic from everyone. The magic is gone. And I can’t wait. It’s gonna be a great time for me.”

There is no official fight set between Alvarez and McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion. There have been rumblings about a possible date between the two at UFC 205, the UFC’s first-ever trip to New York at Madison Square Garden. From a financial perspective, that makes plenty of sense.

But Alvarez is not sure if McGregor really wants to fight him.

“Where we differ is I’m more about what’s real and I think he’s more about perception,” Alvarez said. “This game is changing. I’m watching it change. The game of MMA is changing. Because the business is coming before the sport now, the perception is becoming more important than what really is. This is why I said I don’t think they’ll take the fight. If the perception is the most important, then you don’t try to beat the best guy in the world. You don’t go after me. You go after the guy who looks like the best guy in the world, but really isn’t.”

Alvarez, 32, won the UFC lightweight title by knocking out Rafael dos Anjos in the first round at UFC Fight Night 90 in July. McGregor is coming off a majority decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 202 last month. Alvarez has campaigned a bit for the fight, saying McGregor would be an “easy” opponent. He hasn’t come off that line of dialogue, either.

“In a sparring room, there’s always a guy, we call him the rest round,” Alvarez said. “[McGregor is] the rest round. He’s the guy you grab when you’re super tired and you go, ‘Hey, c’mon man, let’s do a round.’

“He comes to our gym and trains, he’s the rest round. For everyone, not just me. For Frankie [Edgar], for Edson [Barboza], for Marlon [Moraes]. For any one of us.”

McGregor, 28, was lauded for his performance against Diaz, coming back from a second-round submission loss to his rival at UFC 196 to gut out a victory at T-Mobile Arena. Alvarez didn’t think the performance was all that special.

“I was impressed by like about seven minutes of it,” Alvarez said. “About the first seven minutes and then it all looked really sloppy and didn’t look of championship caliber to me. It didn’t look like a guy who spent $ 300,000 on a training camp. I could have did that sh*t for $ 5, what just went on there. I think he could have spent a lot less and got a lot more.”

Those first seven minutes of McGregor against Diaz was what stood out to Alvarez. If the two men were to fight, Alvarez believes the brash Irishman would be in deep trouble after that stage of the fight.

“Past the eight-minute mark, I don’t see anything but being dominant,” Alvarez said. “I think he can do well, because it’s easy to be technical in the first round or two. It’s easy to be technical. But when the sh*t hits the fan and it turns into a fight, I will f*cking dominate this guy every step of the way. When it turns into when he’s a little bit tired and he has to dig down, it’s over. It’s all over.”

Outside of some of the shots he has taken at McGregor, Alvarez said he doesn’t really care if McGregor or someone else is next. “The Underground King” said he’s not actively trying to procure a title defense against “The Notorious.” It’s up to the UFC, Alvarez said.

“I’m the champion,” he said. “I have the title. People want what I have. I’m not begging for anything from anybody. If this guy wants this title, he can come get it.”

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Brian Ortega: I’ve looked up to Clay Guida my whole life

TORRANCE, Calif. – Brian Ortega talks fighting and defeating Clay Guida at UFC 199, the death of Muhammad Ali, his crazy year and much more.

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Luke Rockhold: I’ve Been Dealing with a Torn MCL My Whole Camp for UFC 199

Thursday’s UFC 199 press conference was primarily about the show, another chance for the event’s main players — Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping, Dominick Cruz, Urijah Faber — to sell the card with a final round of verbal jousting.
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Rousimar Palhares: The whole world knows I’m the real WSOF welterweight champion

World Series of Fighting will crown a new 170-pound champion on April 2, but Rousimar Palhares still feels he’s the best welterweight.

Suspended two years by the Nevada Athletic Commission for controversial actions during his win over Jake Shields last August, “Toquinho” meets Garry Tonon in a submission match at Polaris 2 the same night Jon Fitch battles Joao Zeferino for the vacant WSOF title.

“I will root for Jon Fitch, but everybody knows I’m the real champion,” Palhares told MMAFighting.com. “The whole world knows that. That’s what matters to me. I will try to fix the mistakes I might have done. I will fix that, but I’m the real champion.

“I won the title and defended it. I’m the champion no matter what. I have the belt here at home. I’m the champion. They will crown a new champion, but I’m the real champion and everybody knows that.”

Palhares’ first son, Christian, was born on Feb. 2, and the jiu-jitsu specialist feels a better man already.

“It made me become a better person right away,” Palhares said. “When he was born, I felt I’m a better person already. I started thinking what I did wrong, learned with my mistakes. I will come back better than everyone imagines.

“I will do everything I can to show I have changed, that I’m not the same guy, and everything will be alright. After a storm comes a calm.”

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Holly Holm slams boxing media: ‘Where were you my whole boxing career?’

Holly Holm hasn’t had a single bad thing to say this week about Miesha Tate. The same thing cannot be repeated about Holm and the boxing media.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Holm slammed the boxing press for not paying attention to her when she was the best female boxer on the planet. Only now as a UFC champion, Holm said, are boxing reporters actually showing an interest in her.

“That’s a two-sided thing there,” Holm said. “There’s probably been more articles written in boxing now that I’m doing MMA. In a way, that’s great. Thank you guys for supporting me. But where were you my whole boxing career? I’ll call them out on it. I’m not trying to be sweet about it.”

Holm was a three-division boxing champion and a two-time Ring Magazine female boxer of the year. She’s one of the best women ever to put on the gloves. Yet female boxing is criminally underexposed. In the UFC, Holm has been in the main event and co-main event of a pay-per-view in just three fights. On Saturday, she’s co-headlining with Miesha Tate at UFC 196 in Las Vegas.

Publically, Holm is always a class act and very rarely says anything negative — about anyone. But it’s clear she just doesn’t understand why she never got more love when she was a world-class female boxer. And it’s not just about her — it’s about the sport. Holm believes female boxing should be getting far more attention.

“For me, it wasn’t like, ‘Oh I need spotlight,’” Holm said. “It was more like, ‘Let’s have opportunities so that women’s boxing can grow.’ If it’s gonna bring attention to women’s boxing, great. But if they ever ask me about it, I’ll often call them out on it and ask, why now? You could have been covering this a long time ago.”

Holm is one of the fastest rising stars in all of mixed martial arts now. Her knockout win over Ronda Rousey didn’t just make her big in MMA, it made her a mainstream name. That’s something she never achieved in women’s boxing, through no fault of her own. Holm was the best at her craft, a celebrity in her hometown of Albuquerque and has always been marketable. The female side of the sweet science just never caught up to the male side and it still has not.

“The Preacher’s Daughter” doesn’t mind the attention that boxing media is giving her now. She’s just bummed out that it took this long — and that it took until she left boxing altogether.

“I love that they’re supporting,” Holm said. “And the fact that it brings any attention to boxing, great. Because I want there to be more attention on women’s boxing, because I always wished it was there.”

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