Of Holly Holm’s 11 fights contained in the Octagon, 5 of them have been title fights, one protection and 4 makes an attempt at profitable gold — two instances at Bantamweight, and two instances at Featherweight. Merely put, since profitable the title in 2015 after which dropping it months later, each different combat for Holm has been a shot at profitable UFC gold.

And whereas there could also be some chirping within the MMA world and on social media asking why “The Preacher’s Daughter” is at all times one win away from a title combat, Holly says there is a motive.

“I’ve fallen in need of getting that title again greater than as soon as, and it’s irritating, however I do know I preserve preventing the very top-ranked women, so I’m continually proper there,” Holm advised MMA Junkie. “I’m nonetheless aching for it. I nonetheless need it. That’s so much to say. Some folks say, ‘Oh, I need the belt’ then they don’t actually give it some thought. I do know precisely how a lot work that takes to get there, and I do know it took a giant dedication.

“You’ve received to win fights alongside the best way and when it comes, I can’t let the chance slip by way of my fingers once more. Clearly it’s proper there. I do know folks say, ‘Oh, she’s had loads of title fights.’ There’s a motive: As a result of I preserve preventing the very best, and I preserve staying proper there. Plenty of instances I’m only one combat away. It doesn’t matter what, I’ve Irene Aldana in entrance of me,” she added.

Certainly, Holm is about to face top-ranked contender Irene Aldana — who has gained 5 of her final six — in the primary even of an upcoming Struggle Evening card on Aug. 1. With a win, Holm believes one other shot of including a belt to her mantle is correct across the nook. And for Holly, being numero uno is what its all about.

“It’s simply understanding I’m No. 1,” Holm stated. “It’s not essentially the popularity to different folks; it’s not attempting to show different folks unsuitable. I labored so exhausting that I wish to beat the very best in order that I could be the very best. That’s it. When you could have the belt on you, meaning you beat the very best, and that’s what I need. I wish to be No. 1.”

Holm’s final try at reclaiming the 135-pound title noticed her come up quick in opposition to present girls’s champ-champ, Amanda Nunes at UFC 239. And who is aware of, with a win over Aldana, Holly might very nicely get a rematch in opposition to “Lioness,” however at 145 kilos, assuming the promotion would not award it to Megan Anderson…or Nunes would not retire.

On the finish of the day, if UFC retains providing probabilities to win UFC gold, what’s Holm imagined to say, “No thanks?”