Holly Holm campaigned hard for an immediate rematch with Miesha Tate, and while the UFC elected to go with Nate Diaz – Conor McGregor II, the new bantamweight champ will take on Amanda Nunes next. Is Holm happy about that? You likely know the answer…
Tate choked Holm out in the fifth round of their March 5th bout, which was the same night Diaz submitted McGregor in round two. Since then, the UFC has booked Diaz – McGregor II for UFC 200, as well as Tate – Nunes.
Before the latter fight was confirmed, Holm pointed to the fact that she elected to stay busy, rather than wait for the return of Ronda Rousey. She also noted that she and her camp asked to fight Tate, and as a result, they called on “Cupcake” to return the favor.
Well, obviously the UFC elected to go in another direction. Holm recently appeared on “The MMA Hour” and discussing the UFC’s decision to grant McGregor an immediate rematch, she stated (quote via MMA Mania.com):
“I definitely feel like our fight had more competitiveness. I feel like our fight was more competitive than the main event that night as far as… yes I lost my belt, but I was winning the fight and it kind of creates this curiosity of what would happen in a rematch. I don’t know. Hopefully they will put something together. But obviously it’s going to be a while. After UFC 200, if she still has the belt, who knows how much time she is going to want to take off. That’s what’s frustrating is that, man, I want to fight for that rematch, but it might be a while so I have to see if they want to give me a different fight. Maybe Zingano or Pena, but they put them together. Right now it just seems like I’ll be hanging out for awhile, and it’s frustrating.”
Holm makes some good points, and sure, there were folks who wanted to see her fight Tate one more time. Particularly people who want to see Holm throw down with Rousey once again. But, if Holm had lost to Tate a second time, back-to-back, then that may have punted a rematch with Rousey even farther down the line.
As far as McGregor getting what he asked for? Well, it’s become quite clear that the Irish star has tremendous pull with UFC brass. That’s what happens when you’re responsible for some of the biggest gates in the company’s history.