The current UFC women’s MMA bantamweight champion, Holly Holm, admitted that she doesn’t have any preference as to who she will be fighting next. However, she is more concerned about the length of time she will have to wait for the next title defense bout.
In a recent interview with MMAjunkie, Holm revealed that fighting former champion, Ronda Rousey, next year would be too long.
“The only thing about July is that it’s eight months away from my last fight. That’s the biggest thing. I don’t like to wait that long,” the current MMA bantamweight champion said.
Dana White, the president of the UFC, stated that Ronda Rousey is aiming for an immediate rematch with Holly Holm at UFC 200, which will take place on July 9th next year in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holm, who has now a record of 10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC, managed to win over the former champion by throwing a massive head kick which ultimately ended the fight in the second round of UFC 193. This win came really unexpected by everyone, especially the fans.
While waiting for UFC 200, Holly Holm’s representatives said that a fight with Meisha Tate, who is also a former title contender, might take place before facing Rousey. Holly’s manager also questioned if Rousey can already get into a title fight that soon since she suffered a terrible knockout during UFC 193. Dana White didn’t answer the inquiry and simply dismissed the concern.
Holly, on the other hand, revealed that she just wants to make the promotion company happy and will gladly abide by its decision on her career. However, she admits that the schedule of this fight, which will have her waiting until summer, is a bit out of her comfort zone.
“I feel like a rematch is just the unspoken, yeah, that’s got to happen. A fight in between now and then, I feel like that’s like, yes, let’s stay active. There’s a lot of things that can be. In boxing, I did 10 years straight of having four fights a year, and so to wait eight months, it’s out of my norm,” Holly said during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.
Ever since Holly joined the MMA, she revealed that she had to slow down a bit. Before sealing the deal with the UFC, she was already inactive for ten months because her management dealt with some negotiations with the promotion. Finally after several months, Holm made her debut in February and has managed to win every bout ever since.
Now that she has faced the former undisputed MMA bantamweight champ and won the belt, Holly is getting ready to slow down her pace once again.
“I’ll be OK with it if (I fight at UFC 200). We’ll just see what happens, and see how the cards unfold,” she added.