Tuesday 20 February 2018

'Stop trashing her' - UFC champion Holly Holm defends Ronda Rousey

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Holly Holm of the United States celebrates victory over Ronda Rousey of the United States in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Holly Holm of the United States celebrates victory over Ronda Rousey of the United States in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Ronda Rousey of the United States (L) and Holly Holm of the United States compete in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Holly Holm has defended former champion Ronda Rousey against people "trashing" her following her shock loss.

Holly 'the Preacher's Daughter' Holm won the UFC Bantamweight belt Saturday, beating formerly undefeated champ Ronda Rousey in what was described as the "biggest upset" in UFC history.

Since the loss, Rousey's detractors have come out in force but Holm is refusing to be one of them.

Speaking to TMZ Sports via video link, she defended Rousey against those "turning on" the MMA fighter.

TMZ asked Holm how she felt about people "turning on" Rousey, including Lady Gaga and retired undefeated bozer Laila Ali, who described Rousey as "overrated".

Related: Comment: Ronda Rousey’s shock loss is good for women’s MMA 

Holm acknowledged that she "come(s) from a little more humble spot" but defended Rousey's record in the UFC.

"Rousey's been a very dominant champ and she's taken the sport to new levels".

"The fight wouldn't have happened if she hadn't accomplished what she's accomplished, so I have a lot of respect for her".

Holm added "don't get me wrong, I don't want to give away any bit of my victory... I'll take the win and I'll take that I took it dominantly. That doesn't mean that I wish any harm on her... that doesn't mean I wish any hate on her".

"I think people can be pretty brutal, and when you're in the spot that she's in, there are people that are going to jump ship and I don't ever wish for that".

Holm is the first person to ever hold undisputed world title belts in both boxing and the UFC.

The interview has been viewed on YouTube almost one million times.

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