On Nov. 14, 2015, Damon Amendolara went out in New York City to watch football with his friends, and eventually, he and his buddies made their way home.
That’s when DA got the text: “You’ll never believe it,” his friend wrote. “Holly won.”
That Holly is Holly Holm, who beat Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia.
DA was stunned. He got on Twitter to read about the fight and learn what happened. He then turned on SportsCenter, glued to the coverage.
“I have chills right now,” Holm said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “And if I talk about it in detail, I tend to cry – because it was awesome. I love that there was something that was that watched by that many people that they remember where they were at when that happened. When I think about things that I remember where I was at – this is on a super sad note, but 9/11. Everybody remembers that. I don’t mean that to be in a sad way. I’m just saying it is the biggest deal. I don’t even really want to compare the two. Or I remember where I was at when they announced the president. I guess some big upsets in any kind of sports history, I’ve always watched the fighting side of it, so there’s ways these fights that are memorable because this person came in and just did so well and I would dream about being that. I would dream about being that impactful, just so people would remember where they were at – and I love to hear people’s stories of where they were at. There was videos people were sending us when we were still in Australia, videos of them watching the result of the fight. Some of my teammates were out at one of the casinos where my official fight viewing party was at. My teammates are just ecstatic, and I’ll cry if I talk about it – because they’re awesome.”
Holm, a former world boxing champion, improved to 10-0 with her win over Rousey, who was considered by many to be unbeatable. Well, Holm proved everyone wrong, knocking out Rousey with a vicious kick to the head in the second round.
And just like that, Holm, who is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, became a household name. Admittedly, the 34-year-old Holm is still adjusting to her star status.
“At home, I can’t say that it’s too much different,” she said. “But it is kind of crazy walking around Times Square and people are like, ‘Hey, that’s Holly Holm.’ I’m like, ‘There’s people all over here. I can hardly find my own friends when I’m stuck in the middle of the group, and this person just picked me out.’ So that’s different and it’s neat. I hope that as many people are knowing who I am, I hope that it can just kind of be a positive effect.
Holm will fight Miesha Tate (17-5) at UFC 197 in Las Vegas March 5. Tate has won four straight matches, all by decision, but Holm doesn’t figure to be intimidated.
“I want to keep going with it,” she said. “Why stop now?”