Although she’s only had to fights inside the Octagon, both of which she won, coach Mike Winklejohn feels Holly Holm will be ready to challenge UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, after Rousey completes her trilogy with Miesha Tate.
“I think there’s a very good chance she might be the opponent after Tate.” Winkeljohn told Submission Radio, indicating that Holm would be ready for Rousey after one more fight.
Winkeljohn believes Holm has improved at an exceptional rate, and took the time to point out some of the accomplishments she made inside the cage during her last fight.
“Oh it’s absolutely great. She defeated the girl everywhere,” said Winklejohn of Holm’s last opponent. “She made the girl pull guard twice. To me that’s demoralizing that you can’t take somebody down because of movement, because of the range, because they’re scared to get to you. And again, she tried to get the same armbar that she triangle’d, that Jessica Andrade got caught in, and right away she [Holly] was able to defend it and pop out.”
Winklejohn concluded, “So everything is coming together. You should see how strong she is, and she’s not a boxer anymore, she’s an MMA fighter.”