Rousey: Holm will struggle with fame

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UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey says that her opponent Holly Holm will battle in the public eye and be happier to lose their bout at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia on November 14.

When asked in an interview if Holm (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) would be able to step up from anonymity to being in the high-profile spotlight, Rousey (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) said that she felt that the Albuquerque native was going to battle with the public exposure. 

"I don't think she would be comfortable with it," Rousey said, "It would take away from her quality of life. I don't think it is for some people.

"This kind of an environment is not what Holly would like. I hope that she takes whatever she gets for losing and has a life that she would like a lot more than this.

"With Holly I will genuinely be happy for her and hope that she accepts her loss in a healthy way and enjoys all the benefits that she got from this fight."

Holm will be the overwhelming underdog against Rousey but feels that she will handle anything that goes with her upsetting the champion in Melbourne.

"I would not be happier if I lost," Holm told USA TODAY on Monday. "That's kind of the new thing she's been saying.

"Maybe it's coming from a place where she has a lot of pressure and media attention on her. She might be thinking it is a lot to handle, and maybe she is thinking no one else can do what (she does). Trust me, with a win, I will be able to handle it."

Holm, who switched to MMA in 2011, is a two-time RING Magazine female boxer of the year with a 32-2-3 record. She added that her nervous demeanour was not a sigh that she feared Rousey.

"I am always nervous, it doesn't matter what fight it is," Holm said. "Every fighter has their strengths, anything can happen in there.

"If I didn't have nerves it would be like I didn't care if I win or lose. It is natural. I know I have big things ahead of me."