Holly Holm fought Miesha Tate at UFC 196 with a lot to lose and not a whole lot to gain, to be completely frank.
She was facing a woman who had lost to Ronda Rousey twice. Keep in mind (in case you somehow forgot), this happened when Holly Holm matched up against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193...
So, why would she feel worried? She KO'd Rousey that easily, and yet Rousey had defeated Tate twice. Clearly, if you think this way, you shouldn't be allowed to step foot inside of the Octagon. Simply put, shit can happen.
And boy did it.
Tate defeated Holm.
The former champion Holm, who was winning on March 5 against Tate heading into the fifth and final round before succumbing to an improbable come from behind submission (rear-naked choke) with just 90 seconds left, hopes it’s the latter. To have victory snatched from the jaws of defeat has strengthened her resolve to get back in the gym right away, with hopes of getting the "bitter taste out of [her] mouth."
Here's what she said on The MMA Hour:
"You know, if that’s the case then…I think things will play out how they play out. I think other people will see that if she’s coming back now there’s a different motive. I know for me I want to be able to fight, and I know that now that the championship isn’t mine I can’t really delegate or say what I want. It’s frustrating. I have nobody to blame but myself. I’m the one that lost the fight."
Holm shocked Rousey at UFC 193 in November, scoring a second-round knockout over MMA’s most transcendent star. Yet because she opted to stay busy while Rousey recovered and fulfilled her Hollywood commitments — and ended up losing the fight to Tate — she knows she has to stand by and let things fall as they may.
"If they put [Rousey vs. Tate III] on then I guess I’m just going to have to suck it up and wait for my opportunity. I’d love to rematch both of them. Of course, if I had it my way I’d like to be able to avenge my loss, because that’s the thing that put a bitter taste in my mouth right now. That’s what I want to do is work for that, but I would take either fight for sure. Which is just how it is always. I always want to take whatever opportunities that I have, I want to be able to do that. I mean, but obviously I want to avenge my loss. That’s the biggest thing on my mind."
"You know, I don’t know. I think a lot of people would be curious to watch it. I think it would be a good fight to put on, I don’t see why they wouldn’t want to put it on. People are curious to see what will happen now. I mean, it went from Ronda being unbeatable to being beat and then me only having it one time. It’s kind of created that round robin that a lot of these famous match-ups over history have been. I don’t see why [the UFC] wouldn’t want to put it on, but I’m obviously just a fighter, not a promoter. And of course I’m just going to sit here and say I want the rematch the whole time. I hope they put it on, but there hasn’t been any sure thing of that, and they haven’t promised anything to me. And of course, too, right now Miesha’s the champ. I’m sure that she’s the biggest voice in this. She’s the one holding the title. So I just hope that she gives me the chance to fight for it, just like I gave her the chance."
Though Holm said her druthers are to get that title shot, she said she doesn’t want to remain idle one way or another. Should things not shake out for her regarding the rematch with Tate, Holm said she still wants to keep busy.
"I still want to fight. I want to see if we can get the rematch for sure. But, I do still want to fight. You know, we’ll see what happens. I don’t know what they’ll want to put together."
What do you think?
Who should Holly Holm fight next?