Unfortunately, the women's bantamweight championship is taking a backseat in Saturday's UFC 196. The main event will be the McGregor - Diaz bout. This will be the first time since February 2005 that a non-title fight will headline over a UFC championship.
In theory, this wasn't supposed to be the case. McGregor WAS supposed to fight in a title match against Rafael dos Anjos, but that went out the window when Dos Anjos broke his vagina... I mean foot. Since Diaz stepped in, the fight is now a non-title match, yet the UFC is still pushing it as the night's main event, even though the Holly Holm/Miesha Tate is more important.
Usually, the UFC pushes title matches to the top of the card, but they didn't in this case. While the "snub" might bother some, it doesn't bother the current champ, Holly Holm.
“I don’t really – a lot of people are like, ‘You should be the main event.’ I’m like, ‘co-main is fine,'” Holm told MMAjunkie. “I have my fight. That’s all I care about. It’s not my job to promote and I’m so glad because that’s really not a concern or care of mine.”
Some were outraged due to the fact that in 2013, UFC president Dana White, stated that no matter the circumstances title fights would always be the last on any given event. But, at the time, he was talking about then champ, Ronda Rousey.
“You will never see a (different) situation in any fight, whether men, women, the lightest weight division there is. If you’re the champion, you’re the headliner. You’re the top of the card.”
Regardless of White's statements or the outrage, Holm is keeping her head on straight. Because her fight isn't the main event, there's less pressure for her to promote, which means she can focus on what matters most: winning.
“I just want to win. I don’t care if it’s the first fight, the last fight (or) the second to last fight. It’s honestly – I have zero concern about that.”