It looks like the UFC is pushing forward with plans for Holly Holm – Ronda Rousey II to headline UFC 200, but according to one of the latter’s coaches, “Rowdy” won’t be ready.
The UFC has yet to formally announced Holm – Rousey II for July 9th, but the promotions executives have relayed that’s their plan (even though Holm’s camp would prefer to fight in the interim). In addition, Rousey has also said she’s targeting next summer for a return.
Recently Mike Dolce appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio, who has helped Rousey make weight for several of her bouts, including her loss to Holm. While discussing whether Rousey should fight at UFC 200, following her vicious KO loss to Holm in November, Dolce said this (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“No way – absolutely not,” Rousey. “Personally, it makes absolutely no sense for any athlete who is TKOd.”
“They need a minimum – a minimum – of three months no contact,” he added. “And then they need another three-month period of light contact just getting back into the gym again. That puts us at six months, which is May (2016). And then you get into more intense training. That’s even before training camp kicks in.”
Dolce went on to say that he believes Rousey should wait until next fall or winter to fight again. He also acknowledged that Rousey stands to make a ton of money at UFC 200, but that ultimately her health should come first.
So, there you have it. Dolce isn’t the only one who’s argued Rousey should take some additional time, before she faces Holm again. In the end, it will likely depend on what Rousey wants to do. The former champ has said she wants to rematch Holm next, so, barring some unforeseen setback, one would think round two will be part of UFC 200.