As things stand Dana White has indicated that they want to put together a rematch between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey next, but with ‘Rowdy’ likely to be out for some time to come due to injuries sustained during the fight it’s left the new bantamweight champion and her camp wondering whether it might be best to look to an alternative fight for now.
In an interview with the LA Times, Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez revealed that the UFC have tentatively spoken about the fight taking place at UFC 200 in July, but he’s not convinced that’s going to work out.
“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…”
Rousey herself revealed in an interview with ESPN The Magazine this week that she’s suffering from loose teeth and so has been informed she won’t be able to get back to contact training for six months, so that in itself lends credence to what Fresquez is saying.
Rather than hanging around indefinitely for Rousey, Fresquez has indicated that Holm would be interested in fighting Miesha Tate instead.
“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.”
The UFC might be reluctant to put that fight together as if Holm loses to Tate then it’d mess up their plans to put on what might just be the biggest rematch in their history, but as far as the champion goes it seems that’s not an issue.
“We understand there are risks, but Holly’s a dominant champion, and she wants to fight the best. Right now, Miesha is the best.”
That’ll certainly be music to Tate’s ears. She’s recently been engaged in a war of words with Bethe Correia which has distracted her from her real target, which is to get to a title shot as quickly as humanly possible.
“I’m ready to go, that’s all I’m saying,” Tate wrote on Twitter after learning Rousey won’t be making a quick return to action.