In a little over 24 hours, Holly Holm will take part in the biggest fight of her life. After 17 previous title defenses over three separate weight classes in an entirely different sport, Holm is perfectly experienced to handle the magnitude of big-fight scenarios.
However, she has never made a walk down to the Octagon in front of 70,000 people to challenge one of the most dominant fighters in recent memory.
With anxiety, stress and fear building up as the event nears, fighters find solace in the support of their teammates and the thoughtful well wishes they receives over that time. IN Holm's case, that was a text from former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who texted her on Friday to wish her luck.
"I just got a text from Jon Jones. Just a motivational one. Bible scripture. Just kind of just keeping it down to earthly and doing it real, and just, you know, some of the teammates just saying ‘you're gonna do this'."