Brain on Sports Podcast: Holly Holm on Ronda Rousey, fear and underdogs

Monday November 23rd, 2015

“This is Your Brain on Sports” is a weekly podcast from Sports Illustrated in which SI executive editor Jon Wertheim and Tufts University psychology professor Sam Sommers explore the intersection of sports and human nature—what the world of sports has to teach us about who we are, what we care about and the forces that shape our behavior.

On this week’s episode, Wertheim talks with new UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm, fresh off her shocking knockout win over Ronda Rousey. Holm discusses the underdog mentality, her relationship with fear, feeling compassion for her opponents and what it means to be a world-class athlete.

Listen below and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Stitcher, and check back every week for a new episode.

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