After three UFC fights in eight months, two of which were championship bouts and the other a five-round main event, former UFC women’s bantamweight queen Holly Holm is ready to take a step back. Holm (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) suffered a broken thumb which required surgery following her unanimous decision loss to Valentina Shevchenko (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 20 in July, an injury that forced her to stay out of the gym and reflect on the current state of her career. It wasn’t all that long ago when “The Preacher’s Daughter” was on top of the world following her stunning title-winning knockout of Ronda Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 193 in November. At that point, she was unbeaten and seemingly in control of the 135-pound division for as long as she wanted to be. In her very next fight, however, Holm, No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings , lost the championship to No.
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