Miesha Tate, Not Ronda Rousey, Might Be Next For Holly Holm

Written by Tom Ngo
December 9th, 2015

UFC Holly Holm

UFC president Dana White said last week that Ronda Rousey will get an immediate rematch against freshly-minted bantamweight champion Holly Holm when she’s ready. However, Holm’s manager doesn’t believe Rousey will be good to go any time soon and Holm doesn’t want to sit round and wait for the UFC’s golden girl to recover – physically, and primarily mentally – from last month’s vicious beatdown.

Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, told The LA Times that he met with UFC officials Monday and received a proposal for a bout at UFC 200. The Las Vegas show is expected to be of the box office variety, but the only problem is, Fresquez doesn’t believe Rousey will be prepared for a rematch by then.

“I’m not sure Ronda will be ready for a July fight,” Fresquez said. “She took a severe beating, 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’s used to staying active. We’re from the old school, and we believe the No. 1 contender is there for a reason. … [Miesha Tate] deserves a shot, but it’s not for me to decide.”

Fresquez is right, he’s not calling the shots. From a business standpoint, there’s no way White would allow Holm to take another fight before Rousey. There is just far too much money at stake. What if Holm loses to Tate, then what happens to Rousey?

Rousey needs to dethrone Holm in order to get her hype train back on track. Furthermore, Holm vs. Rousey II is expected to be one of, if not the, biggest pay-per-views the UFC has ever hosted.

“Holly’s not so much about the money as [much as thinking] she wants to fight,” Fresquez said. “We’d like to fight Miesha. We understand there are risks, but Holly’s a dominant champion, and she wants to fight the best. Right now, Miesha is the best.”

Unfortunately for Fresquez, the UFC is all about money and they are perfectly fine with making Holm ride the pine until their cash cow is ready to return for the rematch. Barring any setbacks in Rousey’s recovery, Holm will most likely have to wait this out.

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