UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm is not counting on an immediate rematch with former 135-pound queen Ronda Rousey.
After being able to pull off the sensational second round knockout victory over “Rowdy” at UFC 193 on November 15th at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, Holm was slated to defend her title against Rousey in an immediate rematch, supposedly slated for July at UFC 200.
However, due to the delay in filming of the remake of 80’s cult classic “Roadhouse” in which Rousey holds a starring role in, the UFC instead pitted “The Preacher’s Daughter” against a former title contender, Miesha Tate.
Holm and Tate will now be co-headlining UFC 196, which is scheduled to take place on March 5th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And as stipulated by the UFC, the winner of the said fight will be facing Rousey, who is expected to make a comeback before the year ends.
While Holm is confident that she will end up victorious against Tate and get the Rousey fight, she is, however, doubtful that the said rematch will be happening anytime soon.
In a report by MMA Junkie, Holm says while she remains focused on the task at hand, she is not sure if she will indeed be ending up facing Rousey as expected.
“At this point, I’m not looking past March 5. That’s as far as my mind will let me go, that’s as far as my heart and my passion will let me to go,” Holm said. “You’re never promised another fight.”
“I want to make sure I make the most of this fight and not look past it,” she added.
Holm, who holds a record of 10-0 (with seven victories by knockout), will be putting both her undefeated record on the line and her title, against a more formidable grappler in Tate.
While she holds no animosity towards her upcoming challenger, what matters most for Holm is to give a performance the fans will remember.
“I’m glad fans want to see things, because that’s why they’re in the stands. I just hope I give them fights that they want to see, and right now, Miesha’s next.”