Dana White has proven once again that he is the end all be all when it comes to all things UFC. After catching wind that Holly Holm’s manager said his client wanted to stay active and not wait until July to grant Ronda Rousey (pictured) a rematch, stating Miesha Tate should get first crack at Holm’s freshly-minted UFC bantamweight title, White quickly put the kibosh on that chatter.
“We’re real concerned with his opinion,” White sarcastically told the LA Times of Holm’s manager’s agenda.
White reiterated what he announced last week, that an immediate rematch with Rousey is on Holm’s agenda.
There is far too much financial risk involved with allowing Holm to fight someone else before remtaching Rousey. The UFC needs Rousey to beat Holm and vindicate last month’s shocking upset loss in order to recapture some of the momentum Rousey had established as “The world’s most dominant athlete.”
If Holm were to lose to Tate, that would be a devastating blow to Rousey’s shot at redemption.
In addition, White and Rousey are BFFs. So, whatever Rousey wants, Rousey gets.
“I’ve made no secret about it. She’s one of my very close friends,” White admitted.
White then proceeded to put his promoter cap on to justify the instant sequel.
“Ronda is the fiercest competitor I have ever met in my life and she’s also very proud,” White said. “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.
“Ronda’s never lost a fight. She will overcome it and be back.
“She got clipped, stayed in there and tried to fight through it. She told me she was in there, she was rocked, and she’d never been rocked like that before. And the things that were going on in her head – what she was doing – she’d never been in that situation.”
If all goes according to plan, Holm vs. Rousey II will headline UFC 200 on July 2 in Las Vegas. It is expected to break the company’s pay-per-view record.