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From the Editor
Holly Holm: An 11 Experience
Holly Holm’s dominating win over Rhonda Rousey was unquestionably one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. It created renewed interest in the sport of boxing and created a paradigm shift in how female MMA fighters should train. But what particularly attracted our attentions at BFS was Holm’s heavier before, during and after the fight.
Before the fight, Holm had nothing but praise for Rousey’s fighting skills and dominate run inside he octagon. In several interviews said that if it wasn’t for Rousey’s efforts to popularize women’s MMA, their fight would never have happened.
Rousey said she was looking forward to the fight and was confident of a victory, but as the match got nearer the attitude changed. At the weigh-in, Rousey got into a scuffle with Holm and said accusingly, “All that respect all that everything, all you being sweet, I see right now that it’s fake and you’re going to get it on Sunday.” She topped that display during the fight by refusing to follow the tradition of touching gloves with Holm, a sign that many experts in the fight game saw as a display of poor sportsmanship.
Immediately after delivering the devastating kick to the head that ended the fight, Holm knelt alongside her opponent to see if she was OK. Then, after having her hand raises in victory by the ref, Holm embarrassed Rousey and said, “I really admire you for being such a great, dominant champion. None of us would be here without you, so I appreciate you.”
In an interview with Larry King after the fight, Holm was all class when asked if Rousey was a “bad sport.” Holm took the high road, “Everybody has their own ways of dealing with their emotions in the sport.”
Holm has every reason to gloat about her victory but has remained humble. She’s a inspiring role model for young athletes and a classy representative of her sport. Holly Holm is a true eleven.
As this is the beginning of a new year, we decided to try out something new with the magazine, First, and this is especially exciting, is that we will be published monthly, rather than bi-monthly. News in the world of athletic and physical fitness just happens too fast. Plus, each issue will have a theme, focusing on one aspect of character education or strength and conditioning. This issue will focus on the importance of year-round training. Let’s get started!
Kim Goss, MS
Editor in Chief, BFS magazine
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