Holly Holm, the reigning UFC bantamweight champion, has been eagerly waiting for her rematch against Ronda Rousey. However, Rousey’s movie obligations have led to the cancellation of their main event bout previously scheduled for UFC 200 in July.
Rousey’s mixed martial arts career is up in the air. Dana White, UFC president, said Tuesday that there is no set timetable for Rousey’s return. In the meantime, Holm is getting ready to defend her title against Miesha Tate at UFC 197 on March 5.
‘If Rousey has the guts….’
Holm’s camp has thrown down the gauntlet to Rousey. According to Holm’s coach, Mike Winkeljohn, Rousey is afraid to enter the octagon against Holm. During November’s UFC 193, Holm registered a dominating victory against Holm to claim the bantamweight title.
“I hope so,” coach Winkeljohn told Submission Radio when asked if the Holm-Rousey rematch would happen down the road. “You know, that’s Holly. … She (Holm) has that Cowboy Cerrone mentality where she just wants to fight. She’ll let us know when it’s time to hang it up. She likes to fight.
“So in a perfect world, that’d be fantastic. Let’s have her go fight whoever they give us, show the world that it’s not a one-and-done with Holly Holm, that she can destroy the next person. And then, if Ronda has the guts to do it again, let’s do it again for some big money.”
Clearly, Holm’s camp is insinuating that Rousey lacks the guts to face Holm again. Will Rousey prove her doubters wrong?
Regardless of who wins the Holm-Tate bout in March, UFC president Dana White expects to see a Holm-Rousey fight down the road. The match’s date is anyone’s guess. “Holly’s ready to go,” said the kickboxer’s longtime coach. “We’ll go through whoever they give her and after that, if Ronda is ready again – I’m not sure if she’s ready, I don’t know – then she’ll go in there and beat up Ronda again,” added Winkeljohn.
Has Holly Holm head-kicked Ronda Rousey into oblivion? Only time will tell.