The UFC has apparently tabled an offer to Holly Holm for an immediate rematch with Ronda Rousey, but the new champ’s manager is campaigning for a scrap with Miesha Tate.
Since it doesn’t take a hedge fund manager to figure out that Holm-Rousey II would be ridiculously massive, everyone understood that the UFC would want to go that route. But, since Rousey took some heavy, heavy shots against Holm at UFC 193, questions have been raised as to when “Rowdy” would want to fight again. Recently Rousey confirmed that it’s going to be a while before she’s ready to compete.
Well, the LA Times has run a story in which Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, reported that the UFC wants the champ to face Rousey on July 9th at UFC 200. Obviously, that’s quite a ways away, and since Holm wants to stay active, Fresquez is campaigning for a fight with Miesha Tate.
“I’m not sure Ronda will be ready for a July fight,” said Fresquez, who also noted that Holm is used to staying busy. “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 … ”
“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.”
There you have it. Would the UFC be willing to risk how huge Holm – Rousey II currently is by matching the new champ up against Tate?
If Tate were to defeat Holm, then Rousey-Tate III would also be big, but not as huge as an immediate rematch. Of course, if Holm put away Tate in highlight reel fashion, then a second scrap with Rousey would be that much bigger.