There have been a lot of negative things said about Holly Holm's coach and manager, who apparently didn't do a very good job setting up Holly's next round of fights in 2016. Specifically, most recently MMA analyst and former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen unleashed some heat on him on his podcast.
With the Miesha Tate victory over Holly Holm at UFC 196, it is pretty much now guaranteed that the rematch between Holm and former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey won't have nearly the same fanfare or hype that it would've had.
Here were his words on the podcast:
“The biggest match in UFC history just got burned. It got burned because Holly didn’t want to wait. On one hand, boy I got to respect that. Holly becomes the champion of the world, she wants to stay busy. She’s not rich, she’s not Ronda. She can’t just ride into the sunset. She got a new contract, she wants to activate it, she wants to stay busy. I have to admire that. I love people that take chances and she took a risk. But, Dana White UFC President told her and her management, ‘You versus Ronda will be the biggest fight in UFC history. Wait for this fight, I will sell 2 million PPVs and I might sell more.’ The way Holly’s contract works with her PPV points, she was going to face about $10,000,000 for that fight. And yes, you guys heard me right. $10,000,000. But, there was no guarantee that the fight was going to happen. There is no guarantee Ronda will ever come back, and she wanted to be busy. She wanted to fight.”
Sonnen goes on to say that it was Holly’s manager who ultimately pushed for the fight with Tate.
“Holly’s manager didn’t want to do it (wait). Wanted to do the fight now. That is so he gets paid. So now who’s corrupt? Where’s the corruption lie?”
What do you think?
Did Holly Holm blow it re: a rematch with Ronda?