Holly Holm has released a short statement from her official Instagram account after her brutal first-round TKO defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 239.
And when we call it brutal, it was brutal in the sense that Holm’s most iconic weapon, the head-kick, was the one used to end her night in a defeat that in many ways could well signal the end of her days in the upper echelons of the 135lb division.
Nunes, of course, is nothing short of unstoppable these days, but even still, Holm, the more experienced striker of the two was expected to mount something of a better attack on the champ before things turned sour.
Speaking in a recent story posted to her official Instagram, Holm seemed to remain hopeful for the future while also expressing her disappointment at how the UFC 239 co-main event went for her.
“I always say I get to live the life of a dream. I never actually dreamed of getting kicked in the face, that’s never part of my dream. That’s like the nightmare part, living a little nightmare, wake up every morning like, ‘Yup, that’s real, that just happened.’
“But I just want you guys to know I’m feeling good and I know one thing: I’m still pushing forward. A lot of heartbreak right now, but I’m doing fine. I just want you guys to know I appreciate the love and support. And if you would like to have free lip filler, just get kicked in the face.” (via MMAFighting)
It’s hard to know where Holm can go right now.
At 2-5 since her earth-shattering victory over Ronda Rousey back in 2015, her form would indicate that her days of competing at the top level in this sport are slowly fading out of view. Whether she will be able to mount another run at the belt remains to be seen.
Although with that being said, lucrative options still may remain after the team of Ireland’s Katie Taylor re-ignited interest in a crossover showdown with her during a recent press conference attended by the champion boxer in Dublin.