Sure, Holly Holm may have lost at UFC 196 to Miesha Tate in the 5th round, and in the process she may have lost a decent chunk of money. In the words of Dana White, it could have been millions that she missed out on.
But it wasn't her longtime manager Lenny Fresquez fault for steering her wrong.
At least that's according to Holly...
Here's what White had to say a while back about Fresquez and his poor management decision (in White's mind):
"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.’ 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.]"
On an interview with The MMA Hour, Holly Holm refuted these statements:
"All that is false. I’ve always said I wanted to fight and there still has been no for sure time that Ronda’s going to be back. So they said there’s all this money coming in for that fight, but what if that fight doesn’t even happen? Then what are you waiting for? Nothing.
"You only make money off that fight if it’s actually going to happen, and I don’t know what’s going to happen. Number one, I don’t fight for money. I only fight because I’m passionate about it, and so if we didn’t know if she’d be back right away, we thought well, let’s get another fight going."
Holm continued on, saying it was her who was anxious to get back in the Octagon - not to wait for Ronda Rousey...
"That was me. I definitely said I wanted another fight. I said I wanted to fight sooner rather than later. So, 100 percent, that was me, that was my decision. They’ve never ever made me take a fight without my blessing. Nobody in my camp has ever told me to do something one way or the other, it doesn’t matter. That’s something I said I wanted to do, I wanted to fight."
Holm, who’s worked with Fresquez since she started out as a boxer in Albuquerque, said it’s frustrating to hear him being thrown under the bus for something that was her doing.
"Yeah, [Lenny]’s been nothing but supportive for me and my career. He only looks out for my best interests, so it’s frustrating when people kind of put down the things that he’s worked so hard for. I said I wanted this fight. I did. I said I wanted it. That’s the bottom line.
"For me, I don’t really care what people say about me. But I do care when people are negative about the people around who I love and support me. So yeah, it’s frustrating, because it was something that I wanted and it’s something I wanted and it’s something that [Fresquez] pushed for. He said, 'Holly wants to fight.' That wasn’t him saying that, that was me. He was speaking on my behalf. So I don’t like when people think that he’s pushing me to do things against my will. That was my wish, and what I wanted."
What do you think?
Is Holly Holm's manager to blame for her loss at UFC 196 or not and either way, will she come back from it?