Holly Holm has said since the UFC 196 post-fight press conference that she wanted a rematch with Miesha Tate. Her manager Lenny Fresquez made that known multiple times to UFC brass over the last month.
That has never been in question. Holm badly wanted the rematch, for sure. But the former champ also believes that most observers wanted it, too.
Tate beat Holm in the co-main event March 5 in one of the best women’s fights in MMA history. Holm was winning on the cards going into the fifth round only for Tate to drag her down and choke her out with just minutes remaining. Tate is the only challenger in UFC history to come from behind and finish in a final round.
All of those factors make Holm feel more than ever that a rematch with Tate was the fight to make.
“As far as how she won the belt, it wasn’t like she was just dominating me,” Holm told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I was ahead. I was winning that fight. And yeah, she totally had round two and dominated round two. But in my eyes and I think most people’s eyes, that’s why a rematch made sense. It wasn’t like really one-sided. I felt like I was winning and she came with a submission in the end. I don’t see why they wouldn’t want to see a rematch with something like that.”
That rematch won’t happen, at least not right now. Tate will make her first women’s bantamweight title defense against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas.
Holm, 34, was disappointed by the news and now doesn’t know where she fits in. Everyone else ranked highly is booked up. And “The Preacher’s Daughter” still wants to fight Tate ….View full article
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