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Holly Holm on potential record-breaking UFC 193 crowd: 'It's going to be insane'

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LOS ANGELES -- On one level, Holly Holm knows that the setting for her UFC 193 shot at Ronda Rousey's UFC women's bantamweight title is going to be unlike anything she's ever experienced or likely will ever experience again.

"It's going to be insane," Holm told reporters at a recent media event in downtown Los Angeles.

With a crowd at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, which is expected to break the UFC's all-time single-event attendance mark of 55,724, and which could go as high as 70,000 if the venue sells out, Holm understands that this is something quite different than anything she's seen in boxing or MMA.

"There's going to be thousands and thousands of people there," the Jackson's MMA fighter and former three-weight-class world boxing champion said. "Just the energy of it and the magnitude is something unexplainable."

Beyond that, though, the undefeated Holm truly believes that when fight time comes on Nov. 14, she'll be able to brush aside the trappings and focus on the fight. After all, whether it's in the gym without onlookers or whether it's with thousands in attendance, a fight is a fight.

"I just want to focus on staying on the level, level headed and grounded," Holm said. "This is still the other person fighting me, whether its in the gym, or whether its in front of all these people, so its just another opponent, I have every intention of going in there, and all the people are to the side at that point."

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