Miesha Tate was never offered a rematch with Holly Holm at UFC 200, according to Tate’s manager Josh Jones.
Jones told MMA Fighting that a second fight between Holm and Tate was “never discussed” when Tate sat down with UFC execs recently.
It was announced Wednesday that Tate would defend her women’s bantamweight title against Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. Tate beat Holm for the belt at UFC 196 last month via fifth-round submission.
“A fight with Holly Holm was never discussed when we met with the UFC,” Jones said. “We all agreed that Miesha should fight the best available and at this time it’s Amanda Nunes, who is currently on a three-fight win streak.”
On Thursday, Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez told the Albuquerque Journal that the UFC informed him before the fight was announced that it was Tate’s choice to fight Nunes rather than Holm.
Fresquez told MMA Fighting that UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta called him before the announcement and told him Tate was the one who made the decision to face Nunes in her next fight. Holm wanted a rematch with Tate from the minute she lost at UFC 196.
“It was Miesha’s decision,” Fresquez said. “It was her decision to fight Nunes. That’s what the UFC told me.”
Tate told a different story to MMAjunkie on Thursday. The new champion said the UFC was the one who brought fighting Nunes to the table and she agreed to that.
“They thought that Amanda was the next best girl in line,” Tate told Junkie. “They were like, ‘Look, you just beat Holly. You finished her.’ They didn’t feel that it was necessary to have an immediate rematch; it didn’t warrant an immediate rematch. It wasn’t one of those performances or such a ….View full article
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