ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Miesha Tate has only had the bantamweight belt for a month, but she's already found herself facing criticism over her upcoming title defense.

After a fantastic back-and-forth battle between her and the then-champ Holly Holm at UFC 196, many were hopeful that a rematch could be scheduled between the two. However, it was announced earlier this week that Amanda Nunes would be the first to challenge for the title, as part of the UFC 200 card.

That came as a surprise to many, given that Nunes is the #4 ranked challenger in the division, behind Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey, and Cat Zingano.

According to Holly Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez though, this wasn't the fight the UFC was hoping for. In fact, he says that the UFC offered Miesha Tate the Holly Holm rematch, a fight she declined.

Fresquez was recently interviewed in the Albuquerque Journal.

"She’s not as stand-up as Holly. She said she’d take on the best, but she’s not willing to take on the best. Holly gave her a chance. We’re pretty disappointed she didn’t return the favor."

According to her manager, Holm is now pursuing a non-title fight in the meantime, potentially with Ronda Rousey at the end of the year.


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