When Holly Holm stepped inside the boxing ring, she knew she was getting the best out of her opponent.
That hasn’t changed now that Holm is a member of the UFC’s roster, as she understands everyone else in the female bantamweight division wants to bring her down.
Holm, a multi-time world boxing champion in several different weight classes, signed with the promotion earlier this year. She is still recovering from an arm injury and does not have a fight lined up at the moment.
Her name, though, has been thrown around for the likes of Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano and even division champion Ronda Rousey.
“It’s a lot of pressure,” said Holm, during an interview with UFC Tonight. “It’s exciting. I haven’t made it anywhere yet. I still have all the work ahead of me, but the fact that I have a target on my back, I like that.
“It motivates me and makes me want to train harder.”
Holm (7-0) has won six of her seven MMA fights via finish after becoming an 18-time boxing champion and amassing a record of 33-2-3. She trains with Jackson-Winkeljohn out of New Mexico and also won a pair of kickboxing fights before joining up with the UFC.
“It’s exciting,” she said. “If you don’t want to beat the best, you shouldn’t really be in it. I just want to take one step at a time. I want to fight for the title. It’s one of my goals and dreams, and I’m just going to keep shooting for it.”
Holm couldn’t place a number on how many bouts she would need to win before earning a shot at Rousey – or whoever is holding the UFC female bantamweight title – but she does feel ready.
“I think I want it and I want it right away,” Holm said. “Then I think, let’s take baby steps. I’ve never been one to choose a certain opponent. I’ll let the UFC pick. I want to take whatever is given to me and take one fight at a time.”