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Holly Holm wouldn't turn down a Ronda Rousey bout, respects the champ's boxing

Former women's boxing champ Holly Holm says she'd accept a match with Ronda Rousey right now.

Former women's boxing champ Holly Holm is ready to bring her undefeated MMA record to the Octagon against Raquel Pennington at UFC 181. But no matter who she's fighting next, Holm is going to be asked about UFC women's Bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.

This week's appearance on the MMA Hour was no exception.

When asked if she would accept an immediate offer to face Rousey, here's what Holm said.

"If they throw me in with Ronda, awesome.

"I'm never the one who makes the call. I always want more time, because I'm never going to be perfect. There's always time. I have been boxing forever, and my jab needs so much work. I'm constantly learning, I never feel like yes I'm ready. However, if you give me a fight, I'm going to believe in myself," Holm said.

She's also very impressed with Rousey's striking game.

"With Alexis Davis, a lot of people were thinking that after she threw her down and hit her on the ground, I mean, she hit her clean with that overhand and that is what knocked her out. And then she was quick to bring her down and finish her. So I was very impressed with it.

"She landed a great, clean shot. It wasn't sloppy. I thought it was a good call, a clean shot she hit her with right on the jaw. And then she has the knees to the ribs of McMann.

"So she obviously has a very well-rounded game. She has cleaned house. Anybody that gets in there with her doesn't really give a her a hard time. She is definitely great and I think that she's good. I admire her for what she's been able to accomplish.

"Hopefully I will eventuality be able to step in the cage with her and have that honor to be able to fight someone who is the best in the world at what she does. If you're not in the sport to beat the best, that is a goal of mine, if not, then I shouldn't be doing this as my job. So yeah, hopefully we can do that. I just want to focus on one fight at a time, though. I don't want to look to far ahead. I have Raquel Pennington in front of me. But don't get me wrong, I always make sure to watch Ronda's fights. A lot of these girls are going to make it difficult for me, so I don't want to look too far past."

Transcriptions by MMA Fighting and MMA Mania.