Chael Sonnen continues to dismiss Holly Holm's striking credentials. Last month, the former UFC middleweight and light-heavyweight title challenger said that there was no validity to any of Holm's boxing world championships. And now, the ESPN analyst has gone a step further by claiming the bantamweight barely has a punchers chance against Rousey.
When speaking to Ariel Helwani on the 300th edition of The MMA Hour, Sonnen said "she's not very good at punching."
"Again, she's got some skills," Sonnen said. "You'll hear the expression 'a puncher's chance,' but she's not very good at punching. Those boxing championships, they're not real. I'm not sure she could outstrike Ronda. She definitely can't outgrapple her. I wish her the best."
Holm, a former boxer with a record of 33-2 and a winner of multiple boxing titles, is being billed as Rousey's toughest test yet, but Sonnen says there is no legitimacy to her accomplishments.
"She is making a claim that she is a 17-time world champion," Sonnen said. "I will tell you as an analyst, she has zero world championships. There is no validity to any one of those titles."
"That never happened in any of those 17 championships," Sonnen said. "She showed up for some event, the promoter needed a main event, so he called that main event a world title. It's not a knock on her, but that's what happened. I'm not gonna sit back as an analyst and call her a world champion, let alone 17 times. If she beats Ronda Rousey, she's the world champion."
Holly Holm is set to challenge Ronda Rousey for the women's bantamweight championship at UFC 193 on November 15th at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
(Transcriptions via MMA Fighting)