Holly Holm Targets MMA Return, Calls Out Miesha Tate
Holly Holm isn’t done with MMA just yet.
The 40-year-old former UFC bantamweight champion said she wants to take on Miesha Tate one more time.
“I’m open and ready to fight anyone, but it would come full circle with Miesha,” Holm told ESPN.
“I know she went down in weight in her last fight and I don’t know what her thoughts would be on coming back up [to bantamweight], but if that’s a fight I could get back and avenge a loss, I’d love to. It’s not the only thing I’m looking at, but it’s at the top of the list.”
Tate defeated Holm to don the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 196 in March 2016.
After that loss, Holm went on a three-fight losing streak. In her very next bout, in July 2016, she lost to Valentina Shevchenko and then Germaine de Randamie in February 2017.
Tate also went on to lose two fights after overcoming Holm. Tate lost to Amanda Nunes in July 2016 and then Raquel Pennington in November of that same year.
The two fighters also share losses in their last bouts.
Holm was unsuccessful in her return after nearly two years, losing by split decision to Ketlen Vieira.
Tate also lost to Vieira in November of 2021 and then she was defeated once more by Lauren Murphy by unanimous decision, which was her debut at 125-pounds.
Holm, who is the first to hold a world boxing title and UFC title, said she doesn’t plan on returning to boxing, however.
“…I think my biggest thing is wanting to get 100 percent healthy and having a performance that stands out from everyone else, so I can show that I still deserve the position I’m in and that I still have a lot to offer,” Holm added.