Last month, Holly Holm completely picked apart Ronda Rousey, and became the new UFC women’s bantamweight champion in one of the most shocking upsets in UFC history. Before the fight, Holm, who like Rousey was undefeated, was a massive underdog, and many believed that Rousey, much like she had done in all of her previous fights, would defeat Holm in a dominant fashion.
Going into the fight, many wondered if Rousey’s outside projects would have an effect on her ability to perform inside the octagon, and after the fight, some believed that Rousey’s rigorous schedule had finally caught up to her.
There is, of course, the other side of it, which is that, Greg Jackson, who is one of Holly Holm’s coaches, had been preparing Holm to fight Rousey since before she ever signed with the UFC, which is why the new UFC women’s bantamweight champ was able to successfully stop and counter everything that Rousey threw at her.
After Holm was crowned the new champ, it was a given that she would face Rousey again at some point in the future. But, the question is, when will it happen?
Some think that Rousey, because she was such a dominant champion, deserves an immediate rematch, while others believe that, because Holm’s victory was so one-sided, someone like Miesha Tate should get the next shot at Holm instead of Rousey.
While Miesha Tate, who is on a four-fight winning streak, and was promised a title shot after her most recent victory over Jessica Eye before the UFC decided to give Holly Holm the shot, is campaigning for a title shot, UFC president Dana White has said that Ronda Rousey will get an immediate rematch, and that Holm vs. Rousey 2 will take place at UFC 200 in July.
However, Lorenzo Fertitta, who is the co-owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, told Fox Sports that Rousey vs. Holm 2 isn’t yet official for UFC 200 next summer, but while it’s not yet official, he, and the rest of the UFC brass would like to make it official, as they believe that it’ll be the biggest fight in the history of the company.
“[Rousey vs. Holm 2] will be the biggest fight in UFC history. We certainly believe that as a company. I think the world will be interested in a rematch because it was a huge upset. So many people thought Ronda was just completely invincible. To see her get beat like that was a shock. They want to see if she can come back.”
“We’d like to make that fight happen in July at UFC 200. We’re still talking to Holly’s management team to figure out whether that works for them. We should know in the near future.”
If Rousey vs. Holm 2 is made official for UFC 200, it’ll be quite the layoff for both fighters, as the event is roughly seven months away.
Holly Holm has said that she wants to fight at least once before July, but it does look like the UFC is going to make her wait until the summer to get back into the octagon, as they don’t want to risk losing out on making what they believe will be the biggest fight in UFC history.
If the UFC allows Holm to fight before July, expect it to be against Miesha Tate, who, as previously mentioned, is on a four-fight winning streak, and has been campaigning for a title shot ever since her victory over Jessica Eye over the summer.
Holm is also willing to fight outside of her weight class if an opportunity presents itself, which may mean a match-up with Cris “Cyborg” could happen at some point in the future.
[Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images]