ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former world boxing and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm is looking to end her three-fight losing streak Sunday when she faces Bethe Correia at an event in Singapore.
Holm, who is from Albuquerque, will fight Correia June 11 in the UFC Fight Night 111 event, the Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2rXtVMZ ). Holm has a 10-3 professional mixed martial arts record, while the 33-year-old Brazilian fighter Correia’s record is 10-2-1.
Holm is coming off losses in 2016 to Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko, and a loss in February to Germaine de Randamie.
She says those outcomes would have been different if she went in with more belief in herself and just let loose, which is her plan against Correia.
“I’m sick of losing,” Holm said. “Not taking away from the opponents that I had, they’re all tough. I’m fighting the best fighters in the world. But I feel like if I would have just let go with more belief and just let it flow, they would have been different performances.”
In 2015, Holm defeated Ronda Rousey to claim the UFC women’s bantamweight title, which Amanda Nunez currently holds claim to.
Correia had a 2015 bout with Rousey, too, which she lost — but the two fighters’ different outcomes against Rousey means nothing to Correia.
“I believe I can get a knockout,” Correia told MMAFighting.com. “I have nothing to lose in this fight, so I’m going straightforward. There are styles that match up well, and I believe I will grow more with Holly’s style. … That’s why I believe I can beat her standing.”
Beating Holm standing? That’s what Rousey tried to do — to no avail. Nevertheless, Holm is preparing for all scenarios at Albuquerque’s Jackson-Wink MMA, which is staffed with coaches and training partners who have become an important part of Holm’s career.
“It’s like a second family here, and it’s not just me putting in my blood, sweat and tears and passion into it,” she said. “So a little bit of them gets in there with you. … We’re emotionally invested in each other as well. We want each other to do so well.”