Holm has competed at the highest levels in boxing and in mixed martial arts. She was a multi-time world champion in the squared circle, and is the only woman to defeat Ronda Rousey in the Octagon, of course she wants a shot at getting the belt back.
Despite UFC president Dana White indicating that a third fight between Tate and Rousey could be what’s next for the newly minted champ, Holm has since doubled down on her call for an immediate rematch, posting on Instagram that she’d like to fight Tate again as soon as UFC 200 in July. Thus far, all indications are that Rousey won’t be ready to fight again until Fall.
This is how Saturday night ended but it’s not the end for me. I am going to train hard and show that I am better than this. I am down but not out. Thank you @mieshatate for the opportunity last weekend. Well done. What do you say? ….Let’s do this again. UFC 200 is just around the corner. @ufc @jacksonwink_mma #ufc #ufc196 #downbutnotout @danawhiteufc #ufc200
Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, told ESPN that he thinks his client will be facing either Tate or Rousey next.
“I think she’ll fight Miesha or Ronda next. That’s my personal feeling, but who knows what the UFC has cooking?” said Fresquez. “Holly was dominant in that fight against Miesha except for the second and fifth round. She paid for it. Hat’s off to Miesha for capitalizing.
“What happens next is the UFC’s decision. All I can speak to are Holly’s wishes. Holly wants to fight Miesha right away. She wants to fight Ronda Rousey.”
The UFC has yet to announce any bouts for UFC 200, which it has long targeted as its blockbuster event for 2016. Although White is angling for Tate vs. Rousey 3 next, if Rousey is intent on waiting until later in the year to return, it wouldn’t be out of the question to make a rematch between Tate and Holm at UFC 200.
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