Quickly dusting herself off after her first ever MMA loss to Miesha Tate on Saturday night at UFC 196, Holly Holm has asked the new bantamweight champion for an immediate rematch.
Holm has already been spotted back at Jackson’s MMA gym in Alberquerque just days after her defeat and in a new interview she indicates that she wants to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible.
“I’m doing fine. I’m healthy, I’m good. I could train tomorrow,” Holm told BJPenn.com. “As far as my heart, I’m heartbroken. It’s a sour ending to UFC 196 but I’m ready to get back.”
As for who she wants to fight, there’s no doubt in her mind that a second fight with Tate is what her heart desires, and she hopes that the new champion will grant her that opportunity.
“I want a rematch. Miesha’s been around a long time. She’s a tough champion so I’m sure she’ll want to take the fight so let’s do it.”
According to Holm she hasn’t yet watched a replay of the fight, but she’s not been able to think about anything but how the fight played out since her shock fifth round submission loss.
“I haven’t watched it, but I’ve replayed [the fight] in my head 1000 times. Not just the last round but the second round, as well. It’s obviously something I need to work on. There’s a lot of things I wasn’t doing right, things that I know better, already.
“I gave you a shot, give me a shot. I’m not going to let you choke me out again.”
Of course it’s not really down to Tate to decide, though if she started voicing her interest in the rematch as well then it may help drum up interest in the fight.
Dana White had indicated post-fight that Ronda Rousey would likely be next for Tate, but even yesterday he was indicating that ‘Rowdy’ is unlikely to return until October or November, and with UFC 200 coming up in July, perhaps there may yet be the temptation to put Tate Vs Holm II on that historic card.