Holm's first fight in the UFC versus Raquel Pennington was kinda bad. Even though Pennington has been more successful recently, I kind of saw her as like the gatekeeper to the bantamweight ranked women. Like, if you beat Pennington, then you got to go into the top 10. Then Holly fought Marion Reneau, and it was a point-win, 100%. So I'm like, "This girl's not getting to Ronda Rousey. There's no way she'll beat any top 10." So when they gave her the title shot, I was the first to say she was going to lose horribly.
Then, a funny thing happened. She beat Ronda Rousey decisively. I couldn't believe it. It was like a weird dream.
But then there was Miesha, and Valentina, and Germaine. This might seem mean, but I always thought GDR sucked, and that fight was Holly's for the taking. For whatever reason, Holm decided to clinch and wrestle with GDR and not take her down or hit her much. It was really frustrating, and now I'm on the fence about how good Holly Holm actually is. Sure, she survived fighting Cristiane Justino, but Justino is getting older and doesn't move like she did before. Justino is probably just skating by virtue of having a lot of punching power, but she's definitely slowed down a lot. Still, she didn't even look close to being in danger at any point during her fight with Holly. Dunno... even against an 'old' Cyborg, Holly looked horribly outmatched. I don't think she's "bad", I just think she's just a very average fighter who happened to beat Ronda Rousey, and that's it. I think a good match for her would be someone like Alexis Davis, but then again, I thought GDR would be a good match-up for Holly, and that turned out poorly.
Also, what was that bullshit GDR punching after the bell? She's supposed to be a professional, for pete's sake.