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Holm’s slide continues to be dramatic

Holly Holm looked lost in three-straight losses since she became a star by upsetting Ronda Rousey.

Right now it’s fair to say that Holly Holm was a one-kick wonder.

Since Holm shocked the world by landing the most devastating roundhouse kick to end the long and dominant reign of Ronda Rousey and became the women’s bantamweight champion, she has lost three straight and looked bad in all of them.

Holm was choked out unconscious by Miesha Tate in her first title defense. The world-class striker was then out-struck by Valentina Shevchenko and at UFC 208 was beat up by Germaine de Randamie in a fight for the first-ever UFC women’s featherweight title.

De Randamie has always been a tough fighter, but nothing about her heading into the fight screamed anything but being a hand-picked opponent to give Holm another title. She was 6-3 heading into the shot, 3-1 in the UFC, got destroyed by current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in 2013 and beat three nobodies.

Holm was the former world champion boxer who the UFC really had hopes they could turn into a poster girl in the post-Rousey era of the UFC. It just didn’t turn out that way at all.

Holm is a great striker, but what has been clear in her UFC career is that he’s very one dimensional. Even in her UFC debut against Raquel Pennington, she struggled and settled for a split decision victory. She showed no ground skills against Tate or de Randamie and Shevchenko showed she is not as great of an all-around striker as previously thought.

At 35-years-old, time certainly isn’t on Holm’s side for a great career comeback, but she was thrust into the spotlight way too fast. She beat Rousey, but she was nowhere near ready to be a champion. That has been proven over the past year.

Holm should be fighting women like Jessica Eye, Leslie Smith, and Alexis Davis right now to hone her skills in the Octagon. She shouldn’t be anywhere near the top five like he is.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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