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Dana White hints at retirement looming for Holly Holm following latest loss

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Holly Holm has put together an unbelievable resume during her combat sports career but after four straight losses in title fights in the UFC, she might want to re-evaluate her future.

That was the message from UFC president Dana White on Saturday night after Holm suffered a knockout courtesy of Amanda Nunes in the UFC 239 co-main event with the bantamweight title up for grabs.

Holm dropped to 2-5 in her past seven fights including a two losses in featherweight title bouts as well as two more defeats in bantamweight title fights over the past three years.

While Holm will always be remembered for the knockout heard round the world when she handed Ronda Rousey the first loss of her career, the 37-year old New Mexico native has struggled to find that same kind of success ever since.

“Listen, I don’t want to start going retirement crazy in here but she’s had an amazing career,” White said about Holm at the UFC 239 post fight press conference. “She is one of the sweetest human beings you can ever meet and if you follow her on Instagram, she trains like a beast. She’s almost 40 years old and she’s in ridiculous shape. The things that this woman can do physically with the rings and gymnastics and all that stuff is phenomenal.

“She’s an incredible athlete, an incredible human being. I don’t know. I think she needs to take a look at what’s next for her.”

Holm didn’t appear at the post fight press conference or make any kind of statement following her loss but retirement obviously wasn’t on her mind leading into the bout with Nunes on Saturday night.

Even if she chooses not to walk away from the sport, Holm will definitely have an uphill climb ahead of her to get back into title contention, especially considering Nunes holds the titles at both featherweight and bantamweight in the UFC.

Obviously a rematch is never out of the question but Holm is in a tough spot after falling to Nunes by first round knockout at UFC 239.

“I’m just saying that because I care about her as a person,” White said about Holm’s future. “She’s amazing. Something we should probably talk about.”