Holly Holm Would ‘Love’ to Return to Bantamweight and Challenge Amanda Nunes

Holly Holm will compete at featherweight again this weekend at UFC 225 but she's not giving up on a return to 135 pounds to fight for the title against champion Amanda Nunes.

Holly Holm may be fighting at featherweight this weekend against Megan Anderson at UFC 225 but her home is still at 135 pounds.

Holm, who is a former women’s bantamweight champion, has spent the better part of the last year and a half competing at 145 pounds with a pair of title fights against Cris Cyborg and Germaine de Randamie.

Holm will fight at featherweight again at UFC 225 but no matter how many times she competes in that division, it will never truly be her home.

In fact, Holm says in a perfect world she would beat Anderson on Saturday night and then move back to bantamweight to challenge Amanda Nunes for the title.

“This is the opportunity that presented itself and what seemed good for right now. So I’m just going to take this fight and after that I would love to be able to go back to 135 [pounds] and be able to fight for the belt,” Holm said last Friday.

“I know that I’m the No. 1 contender there. Why not try and go back to that? How awesome would that be to be able to get my belt back. That’s what I want.”

Holm only held the women’s bantamweight title for about four months after she defeated Ronda Rousey to become champion in 2015.

Unfortunately for Holm, she was then defeated by Miesha Tate at UFC 196 a few months later and she’s yet to return for another shot at the title in the bantamweight division.

Meanwhile, Nunes has virtually wiped out all of her competition outside of submission specialist Ketlen Vieira and UFC president Dana White has said numerous times he would like to see her move to 145-pounds to challenge Cyborg.

If Holm has her way, she would beat Anderson and then shift her attention to Nunes so she could once again try to become women’s bantamweight champion.

“That’s where I’ve fought my entire carer at 135 until the Germaine (de Randamie) fight was my first fight at 145,” Holm said. “This will be my third fight at 145 but that’s only three out of my whole career.

“I definitely feel like 135 is a little more my home. We’ll see what happens.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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