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Holly Holm aims for another shocking win vs Nunes at UFC 239

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In this Dec. 30, 2017, file photo, Holly Holm gets hit in the face by Cris Cyborg, obscured at right, during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. Holly Holm just can't stay away from the toughest challenges in her sports. The boxer-turned-mixed martial artist who has endured plenty of setbacks since she shocked Ronda Rousey will attempt to knock off dominant two-division champion Amanda Nunes on Saturday, July 6, 2019. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:33 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Holly Holm didn't fight in a mixed martial arts cage until she was already a 29-year-old boxing champion of three weight classes. She had both a head start and a huge deficit in her quest to master a second sport in her athletic midlife.

Even eight years later, Holm is aware of the unique challenges of her chosen path. She knows she'll probably never face a boxer as good as her in the cage, but she also knows she might never catch up to some of her younger opponents in grappling, jiu-jitsu or the myriad intricacies of the transitions between disciplines.

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