Holm Scores Headkick KO Over Bethe Correia

Published on June 17th, 2017 6:49 pm EST

Earlier this evening, former Bantamweight title holder Holly Holm scored a textbook headkick KO over Bethe Correia to notch her first victory in a while. Holm was patient and took advantage of a showboating Correia to quickly end the fight.

With her victory, Holly Holm says that she wants a title fight at either 135 pounds (where Amanda Nunes is the champion and is set to defend against Valentina Shevchenko) or 145 pounds (where there is no champion after Randamie said that she didn't want to fight Cyborg).

In either case, Holm is going to have to sit and wait, as Nunes is set to defend against Shevchenko, while Cyborg is set to take on Megan Anderson for the vacant Featherweight title at UFC 214 in Anaheim. A fight against the winner of Cyborg/Anderson seems to make much more sense, as the Bantamweight division is much deeper and a Holm vs Cyborg or Holm vs Anderson fight would both be interesting.

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This was Holm's first win since knocking out Ronda Rousey in November of 2015. Since then, Holm dropped the title to Miesha Tate and lost decisions to Germaine de Randamie and Valentina Shevchenko.

Things change quickly in this sport, and Holm went from possibly looking for a new job (the UFC easily could have cut her if she had lost to Correia earlier tonight) to asking for a title shot.


The UFC could give Holm the next title shot at 135 pounds, though I think that the more compelling fight is a potential clash against Cyborg, should Cyborg win at UFC 214. The newly formed Featherweight division needs a shot of talent and name recognition, and Holly Holm would provide just the boost.


In short, Holm may have salvaged her UFC career earlier tonight with her knockout of Bethe Correia.