Fans were eagerly waiting for a rematch between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey. But after the UFC 196 results, it seems that rematch is not happening anytime soon. In all possibility, Ronda Rousey is to fight Miesha Tate in her comeback fight.
Tate defeated Holm at UFC 196 on Saturday. The crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, witnessed Tate’s fifth straight victory and Holm’s first MMA career loss.
In an interview with ESPN after the fight concluded, UFC President, Dana White confirmed that Tate will indeed face Rousey next. White said that he spoke to Rousey via text message after Tate’s win.
“I think that Ronda now will fight Miesha Tate for the title,” White said, reports FOX Sports. “That’s what’s going to happen. That’s what I said before this fight even happened. Whoever wins tonight will fight Ronda for the title.
“I texted Ronda — Ronda wasn’t watching the fight. I text Ronda and she said ‘what happened?’ I said ‘Miesha just choked her unconscious’ and she said ‘looks like I’ve got to get back to work.’ She’s scheduled to not come back until October or November but it doesn’t mean I can’t ask.”
Ronda lost her UFC bantamweight title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November last year. And since then she has been on a break-filming her movie projects and appearing on TV shows. She also recently featured as one of the cover girls for Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition this year. Dressed in nothing but body paint, Ronda looked ravishing as ever.
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Ronda is expected to make a comeback later this year.
Ronda and the new UFC woman’s bantamweight champion have a long history. Ronda earlier handed down Miesha two defeats-one in Strikeforce and one in UFC. The also share one of the bitterest rivalries in the history of sports. According to reports, both even can’t look eye to eye.
Tate however, is ready to face whoever is her next opponent.
“My job as the champion is to fight the next best person — so whoever that is I’ll fight them,” said Tate.
Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Miesha Tate