The consensus seems to be that the UFC is going to take a long hard look at booking Holly Holm – Ronda Rousey II next, but Miesha Tate is making a case as to why she should challenge the new champ first.
Immediately after Holm bombed out Rousey at UFC 193, she acknowledged that an immediate rematch with the star makes sense. Dana White also said the same, however, he hasn’t committed to the bout either.
Rousey has said she’ll be back, but she also said she wants to take a break. So, could the UFC decide they want to keep Holm busy? And have her fight in the interim?
Well, clearly Tate is hoping that happens, as she recently told FOX Sports.com this:
“Here’s why I think the fight with Holly and I makes sense — for one, I haven’t ever fought Holly before. For two, I was Ronda’s biggest challenge until Holly so obviously I’ve proven that I’m a standout in the division and so is Holly,” Tate said. “If Holly would beat me, then they could still set up that great rematch that they want between her and Ronda. If I beat Holly then I’m 5-0 and I beat the girl who beat Ronda, what better case could they ever make to have me fight Ronda again? I think that fight sells itself.”
Tate raises some good points, as really, the UFC would have a big fight to sell regardless of whether “Cupcake” or Holm won. But, would Tate-Rousey III be bigger than Holm – Rousey II, if they can book the latter next? Probably not. Rousey has defeated Tate twice before.
Ultimately this could all depend on what Rousey decides to do. If she’s committed to not fighting until mid to late 2016, then the UFC will likely move ahead with another opponent. If she opts to return in April or May, however, then the rematch could very well be on.