Breaking News: Holly Holm Gives 'Inside MMA' Statement Reacting to Ronda Rousey Fight Announcement

Aug 26, 2015
(PRESS RELEASE) -- LOS ANGELES – Following the UFC’s announcement today that Holly Holm will be the next challenger to fight Ronda Rousey for the UFC bantamweight title, Holm gave AXS TV’s INSIDE MMA an exclusive statement reacting to the news before jumping on a flight tonight:

Said Holm:

“I’m so excited about the announcement today. It was definitely unexpected. I was supposed to fight Sarah Kaufman… which is my friend and teammate, so this is definitely a turn of events. It’s something totally new and I just want to make the most of it. I’m so excited and I love when a challenge is thrown at me… I really wanna jump in. It just makes it exciting. I feel like I’m feeling life and I’m just so happy.”

The video clip is available here:

Also on tonight’s show, UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson each joined to discuss their headlining title fight rematch at UFC 191 Sep. 5 with series hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten.

Johnson, who was accompanied by his coach Matt Hume, discussed his goal of breaking Anderson Silva’s record of 10 consecutive UFC title defenses and his thoughts on the recent statements made by Dodson. Meanwhile Dodson, who was joined by his coach Brandon Gibson, weighed in on his improvements as a fighter since he first fought Johnson in 2013 and shared his thoughts on the flyweight champion’s personality.

The two interview clips are available here:



INSIDE MMA correspondent Ron Kruck caught up with UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and current UFC middleweight fighter Lyoto Machida.

In this clip, Lawler discusses his upcoming title defense against challenger Carlos Condit and his thoughts on fighting in Australia at UFC in November:

In this clip, Machida weighs in on whether he thinks he can still compete in the middleweight division and make another title run:

Highlights from tonight’s broadcast of AXS TV FIGHTS: RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE 29 (RFA 29) are available here, presented by AXS TV FIGHTS commentators Pat Miletich and “The Voice” Michael Schiavello:

Official results from RFA 29 are as follows:

Main Event – Featherweight Title Fight – Raoni Barcelos (9-1) defeated Ricky Musgrave (14-5) via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45).

Welterweight Fight – Ackson Junior (6-0) defeated Jordon Larson (6-2) via submission (heel hook) at 1:46 in round three.

Bantamweight Fight – Leandro Higo (14-2) defeated Terrion Ware (13-5) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:58 in round three.

Bantamweight Fight – Joey Miolla (6-1) defeated Pedro Falcao (6-2) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Light Heavyweight Fight – Devin Clark (5-0) defeated Dervin Lopez (7-3) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Bantamweight Fight – Matt Lopez (6-0) defeated Kevin Clark (4-2) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 0:36 in round one.


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