(ALBUQUERQUE, NM-KRQE) – Former UFC Bantamweight champion Holly Holm will be doing something for the first time when she meets Raquel Pennington at UFC 246 in January.
“I had a lot of rematches in boxing,” said Holm. “This is a rematch in MMA. I never had that before, but I know that I have improved a lot since then.”
Holm won a split decision over Pennington in 2015. It was the first UFC fight in Holm’s career.
“I’m a completely different fighter than I fought her the first time,” said Holm. I feel like it will be a completely different fight.”
Holm and Pennington were originally scheduled for a rematch earlier in the year, but a hamstring injury suffered by Holm postponed their UFC 243 date.
Holm has healed from the injury and knows Pennington will be a challenge.
“She’s not necessarily one of those, ‘Oh, I got to train for one thing,’” said Holm. “She is kind of a little bit of a threat everywhere. It’s kind of unpredictable.”