Holly Holm and her manager reckon Miesha Tate deserves an opportunity at the UFC bantamweight championship ahead of Ronda Rousey. UFC President Dana White doesn’t concur.
White has made it clear to Holm: “Your next opponent is Ronda Rousey.”
Since Rousey won’t be ready to fight midway through next year, Holm and her crew were getting ready to defend the championship against Tate, the No 1 contender. But White isn’t having any of it.
On Wednesday, White confirmed to Los Angeles Times that the much-anticipated Rousey-Holm rematch will take place on July 9 at the new arena in Las Vegas.
White’s comments contradicted what Holm’s manager and promoter Lenny Fresquez said a day earlier. “I’m not sure Ronda will be ready for a July fight,” he told the Times. “She (Rousey) took a severe beating (in her fight with Holm at UFC 193) and I don’t think it’s in her best interest to take the next fight so fast. They told me she’s been ready and cleared, but…”
Holly Holm Is Old School
Fresquez felt that Tate deserves a shot ahead of Rousey. “Holly’s used to staying active. We’re from the old school and we believe the No. 1 contender is there for a reason…Tate deserves a shot.”
White hasn’t taken kindly to Fresquez’s comments. “We’re real concerned with his opinion,” White said, reminding Holm’s crew that he was still the decision-maker.
“Ronda is the fiercest competitor I have ever met in my life and she’s also very proud. What made the world love Ronda is that Ronda absolutely 100% knew she was not going to lose. People rallied around this powerful female figure,” White told the LA Times.
“Ronda’s never lost a fight. She will overcome it and be back,” added White, who has openly acknowledged that he is close friends with Rousey.
Perhaps, Holm could get rusty while waiting for Rousey to heal?