Holly Holm's loss to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 threw a little bit of a wrench into Dana White's plan for a Ronda Rousey-Holm rematch later this year. A matchup that could have been extremely lucrative for everyone involved.
Rouser-Holm I was the biggest pay per view event in UFC history, so it's only fair to imagine that Rousey-Holm II would be even bigger.
It's because of this that White feels sorry for Holm because she probably doesn't realize the amount of money that got flushed down the drain due to the decision of her manager Lenny Fresquez.
"The sad part about that whole thing is, and listen, he's an old boxing guy who thinks he's smart and he isn't. The thing I feel bad about is I feel bad for Holly because I don't know if Holly really knows what she lost. I think she has so much faith in the people that surround her she feels like, 'Well, they've got me here.'"
White continues, telling ESPN that Holly wasn't even involved in a meeting deciding her career...
"We had this meeting and Holly wasn't even in it. Holly, that's your life! You should be in that meeting. Don't leave it to these people, this guy. Oh my god. Listen, Holly made a lot of money, she accomplished great things, she beat Ronda Rousey, but it could have been so much bigger for her. The sad part is I don't [think she even knows.]"
This isn't the first time that Dana White has been critical of Fresquez. In fact, he's been rather open about his dislike for the manager.
Fresquez was quick to Dana White's criticisms.
"Of course, she knows. It was a team decision, and Holly is the boss. She wanted to fight, and she got her wish."
He even added "Team Holm's" plan for the future.
"I think she'll fight Miesha or Ronda next. That's my personal feeling, but who knows what the UFC has cooking? All I can speak to are Holly's wishes. Holly wants to fight Miesha right away. She wants to fight Ronda Rousey. Even with the title, a fight between Miesha and Rousey doesn't have the glamour a fight with Holly and Ronda does."
Fresquez also defends his fighter... without putting much blame on himself.
"Yeah, Holly lost. She made a mistake, but she'll learn from it. Everyone saw she's a warrior."