Rousey Vs Holm Rematch Update: Ronda Rousey will get an opportunity to win back her UFC bantamweight championship from Holly Holm in the near future. Dana White, the UFC president, confirmed Thursday that the rematch was “on.”
Despite White’s announcement, there is uncertainty over the date of the bout. “I think that if we didn’t make the rematch, me and (UFC CEO) Lorenzo (Fertitta) should probably lose our promoters’ license,” a hysterical White said on ESPN radio show Mike & Mike. “Yeah, that fight’s going to happen. I don’t know when, but that’s the fight that will happen.”
Remember, Rousey has to serve a minimum 45-day suspension due to concussion protocols. The match can be made official only after Rousey is medically cleared to return to the octagon. Besides, Rousey’s hectic schedule includes shooting a film with Mark Wahlberg in January. “You have to give Ronda some time. When she’s ready to come back – there’s literally no pressure on her whatsoever to think about anything as far as fighting goes. And she’s on a medical 45-day suspension after the fight (UFC 193). She can’t have any contact or have anything for 45 days.”
Throwing his weight behind Rousey, White said the former champ “deserved” a rematch. “Ronda Rousey has gone undefeated, taken the sport to another level and was beating the best women in the world in 14 seconds or 30 seconds, so she deserves a rematch,” White said. “Holly agrees she deserves a rematch, and we’ll figure it out.”
Rousey Vs Holm Rematch Update: Does Rousey stand a chance?
Recently, Holm’s coach Mike Winklejohn predicted that if the rematch did take place, Rousey will suffer the same fate she did at UFC 193. “To be honest I don’t see a rematch being much different to the first fight, I think Holly is evolving and getting even better every day so I think Holly would be very comfortable in a rematch and Holly would be victorious,” Winklejohn told Sports 24.
In fact, Winklejohn reckoned that Miesha Tate deserved a shot at Holm ahead of Rousey. “In regards to who Holly should fight next, that’s Holly’s decision, but I think Miesha Tate deserves a chance, I think that makes the most sense.”
For the first time in her dominant career, Rousey is now the underdog.