Every fan was complaining all the livelong day that Miesha Tate shouldn’t get a third tango with Ronda Rousey (pictured) because she’s already down 0-2 to the reigning UFC bantamweight queen. Everyone knew that the third time wasn’t going to be the charm for “Cupcake.”
Rousey even opened as a whopping 11-1 odds-on favorite to dispose of Tate.
What was the point?
Well, the UFC heard our cries (at least on this occasion).
On Friday’s edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Rousey announced she will now defend her throne against former boxer Holly Holm at UFC 195.
“She’s definitely my biggest challenge to date, so I’m super excited about it,” Rousey said.
Yeah, about that…
Rousey, already arguably the most dominant mixed martial artist of all time despite having just 12 professional fights under her bling-bling belt, said the same exact thing entering her scrap against Cat Zingano. It took Rousey 14 whole seconds to dispose of Zingano at UFC 184.
Rousey has made a habit of ending things quickly against her most recent victims. Her last four opponents have only managed to last 130 seconds combined against her. The past three have only survived a total of 64 ticks.
While Holm does own a perfect 9-0 MMA record, she has looked far from devastating since the UFC brought her on board two fights ago with hopes she’d be a legitimate threat to Rousey. The 33-year-old has two uneventful decision victories in the big leagues, with her latest coming against Marion Reneau in July.
The UFC did not provide an explanation on why they decided to pull Tate or what’s next for the now-former top contender. Cris “Cyborg” Justino, perhaps?
UFC 195 goes down January 2 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.