Ronda Rousey will get her rematch with Holly Holm at UFC 200 in July, UFC president Dana White told the Los Angeles Times Wednesday.
Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, said earlier in the week that Holm was hoping to fight earlier, possibly against #1 contender Miesha Tate, but the wishes of fighters and managers don’t go far in White’s monopoly.
“We’re real concerned with his opinion,” White said in what the Times called “a sarcastic tone”.
The decision seems somewhat reckless by White – Rousey won’t have fought since the one-sided knockout loss – but he can’t risk either fighter losing before the rematch.
“Ronda is the fiercest competitor I have ever met in my life and she’s also very proud,” White said, sounding much more like a manager than a ratifying-body president. “What made the world love Ronda is that Ronda absolutely 100% knew she was not going to lose.
“Ronda’s never lost a fight. She will overcome it and be back.”
For equally obvious reason, Holm wanted what would appear to be a fairly easy warm-up fight with Tate.
“Holly’s used to staying active,” Fresquez said. “We’re from the old school and we believe the No. 1 contender is there for a reason. (Tate) deserves a shot, but it’s not for me to decide.”
UFC 200 is set for July 9 at a new 20,000-seat stadium in Las Vegas.