Ever since the UFC 196 post-fight press conference, Holly Holm has maintained one thing: she wants a rematch with Miesha Tate. It's a message that, not only her but her manager Lenny Fresquez, has voiced vehemently for the past month.
While it's been clear that the former bantamweight champ wants a chance to reclaim her title, she also feels it's something the fans want. Her fight with Tate at UFC 196 was easily one of the best women's fights in MMA history. Going into the fifth round, Holm was the clear winner but with mere minutes left, Tate came back and submitted Holm in a choke hold. Tate is the first fighter in UFC history to be losing on the score cards, and then come back to win in the final round.
Taking all of this into consideration, Holm thinks that a rematch with Tate would have been a no-brainer. She went on Monday night's episode of The MMA Hour and made her case to host, Ariel Helwani:
As far as how she won the belt, it wasn't like she was just dominating me. I was ahead. I was winning that fight. And yeah, she totally had round two and dominated round two. But in my eyes and I think most people's eyes, that's why a rematch made sense. It wasn't like really one-sided. I felt like I was winning and she came with a submission in the end. I don't see why they wouldn't want to see a rematch with something like that.
For now though, that rematch isn't going to happen. Instead, Tate will defend her title for the first time against #4 on the list, Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 which will take place in Las Vegas on July 9.
As for Holm, she has no choice to wait around, as everyone else seems to be busy. Ronda Rousey is busy filming movies, Tate-Nunes is set for UFC 200 and so is Cat Zingano and julianna Pena. That doesn't mean Holm doesn't want another crack at Tate, it just means she might have to wait awhile.
That's what's frustrating about it. It's like, 'Man, I want to fight for that rematch, but that might be a while. I might have to start seeing if they want to give me a different fight.
Holm would consider a fight with Rousey and even a fight with Cris Cyborg, but none of those fights will get her back the one thing she lost: her belt. Holm defeated Rousey to win the belt back in November but wasn't champion long. Her fight with Tate was her first defense. That makes it all the more important for her to get back in the Octagon with Tate before Tate loses the belt to someone else.
I would like to rematch Miesha and I would like it to be for the belt, because who wouldn't want to get that back? So I guess that's what I would want. I want her to win, still have the belt, so I could rematch her and get the belt. I would rematch her regardless. But it would be even sweeter if it was for the belt. So I hope she wins. And anybody that beats me, better beat everybody else.
There was quite a bit of confusion over exactly WHY a rematch with Tate wasn't given, or even offered, to Holm. According to Tate, it was the UFC that wanted her to fight Nunes. According to the UFC it was Tate's decision. Yet, Tate's manager, Josh Jones, said Holm's name never even came up in the discussions.
I don't know if it was Miesha that wanted to decide to have a different fight or if it was the UFC wanting a different matchup. I don't know. I know that I was asking for it and my management was constantly talking to the UFC. I guess I just have to be patient.
Being patient isn't really what Holm wants to do. She's a fighter and wants to fight. That's part of the reason she opted to defend her title against Tate rather then wait for a rematch with Rousey. That's another reason Holm thinks Tate should have given her the rematch.
I would hope that she would want to give me the chance like I gave her the chance. I like to take responsibility for a lot of the things that I do. I'm the one that lost the belt, so I feel like I lost a lot of my pull of what I can wish and hope for and push for. I was hoping that she would give me that chance, but she's also got her own career. She's gonna focus on what she wants to aspire to do. I can't really judge her for that either.
But, as the UFC has proven time and time again, anything can happen, so Holm's plan is just to be ready if need be.
You never know. Somebody could get hurt, I guess. I'm gonna keep training and be ready.
It's hard for Holm to not be jealous of the UFC 196 rematch that IS taking place at UFC 200. At the end of the day, she feels her fight with Tate was way more crowd pleasing than the McGregor-Diaz match, yet McGregor gets HIS rematch.
I felt like our fight had more competitiveness than the main event that night. Yes, I lost my belt, but I was winning the fight. ... I kind of lost a lot of my pull on what I would like to do. I really felt like that was the fight the fans wanted to see. I felt like that was a good rematch to put together.