When Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC women’s bantamweight title in November, UFC president Dana White joked that he and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta should have their promoters’ licenses taken away if they booked anything other than an immediate rematch.
Of course, those statements ended up being premature, considering that Holm is just days out from defending her title for the first time against Miesha Tate at UFC 196, but that doesn’t mean White has to be happy about it.
“I’ll tell you this, to be brutally honest with you, as a fan, I love her attitude and I love that. As the business side, I absolutely hate it,” White said Thursday on The Jim Rome Show. “Holly vs. Ronda is the biggest fight in UFC history, without a doubt. I think this thing does close to two million buys, and she’s going in Saturday night against Miesha Tate, who A., is hungry and wants that belt so bad, and B., stylistically matches up very well to give her a tough night. So it’s going to be interesting.”
Holm and Tate meet in the co-main event of UFC 196 on March 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The fight was one Holm pushed for, however it only became a reality once the UFC learned that Rousey’s return may be delayed until late-2016 due to Hollywood filming obligations and Rousey’s need to recover from injuries sustained during the Holm loss.
Rousey has made sparse public appearances since UFC 193, when Holm knocked her out with a now legendary second-round head kick. That has done little to slow the backlash she has received from fans and fighters online though — a backlash which only seemed to pick up ….View full article
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