Combat Vision MMA spoke to Cornelia Holm after her professional MMA debut winning by unanimous decision against Diana Felipe at Cage Warriors 87. Cornelia was the number 1 ranked amateur bantamweight and has gold medals in the IMMAF swedish championships, African open, European Open and World Championships.
Thank you for taking the time to speak to Combat Vision MMA, Cornelia. Congratulations on your first professional victory at Cage Warriors 87. How did it feel to get your hand raised on Saturday evening.
“Really good. I was kind of disappointed right after the fight. I thought I could have finished her. But, I was also super happy of course”
You won the fight by unanimous decision. How much of tonight’s performance was down to the game plan set by your coaches.
“Myself and my coaches saw the fight go almost exactly like the performance except a little more better striking from me and a finish. Apart from that, you saw our game plan playing out in the fight. Take her down and work from there”
One thing that impressed me was how you initiate take-downs and keep your opponent flat out and pinned to the canvas. Was this something that you have been drilling in training or would you say this is a key component of your fighting base.
“I would say that is what I am best at and it comes naturally for me. I can wrestle and rest at the same time. So, for sure it is a key component”
This is your first professional fight. What takeaways do you have from this performance and what will you be looking to adapt on moving forward.
“Oh damn! I have got so many things I want to work on. Sitting on the plane right now longing to get home and get back to the gym. There is a couple of things I was not that happy about in the fight that I am going to get a lot better at. But, I take with me many positives too. The biggest one, is that I felt real cool and calm. Not nervous nor intimidated or nothing. I felt great and I really belong there”
You are very strong at 135. Was there a particular reason for you to come down to 125 and how did you feel at this weight.
“Yeah, I was strong at 135 but I was also the smallest. So, I wanted to check out the competition in flyweight and I believe I have found my weight class there. Because, I felt super fast and strong even though I had a tough weight cut. I just have to manage my walkaround weight better from now on”
How did you come to the conclusion that you were ready for the professional level. Also, how important is it for your developing career to fight on the Cage Warriors promotion and being exposed to the setup they can provide.
“I have dominated the amateur scene for a long time and I have not lost a single round in my last 10 fights. So, it was time to take the step. I want to be the best fighter in the world, not just the best amateur fighter. I think my debut in Cage Warriors plays an important role in that dream – for sure. Exposure is everything for an athlete. No exposure; no fights – no sponsors – no income”
Looking at the currently stable of flyweight fighters. What do you feel that you bring differently to the table.
“I bring a coolness to the cage and a stone cold assassin doing my job. That is what my head coach, Joakim Engberg told me to be and that is what I am. No emotions until after the job is done”
What has been the biggest change in you as you move into this new phase of your career.
“I have changed my hair colour. I have also started working with a nutritionist and a strength & conditioning coach”
Looking forward to 2018. What goals are you looking to reach and in terms of competition. Do you have a specific build type or skill-set that you would like to compete against.
“Right now I just want to fight again and again. Hopefully 3-4 times in 2018. Opponent wise it would be fun to face a wrestler kinda fighter. That is my strength but I would love to show more of my striking – which I was a bit dissatisfied with on Saturday evening”