The news came as a shock to everyone who accused UFC of being biased towards Holm. Conor McGregor got his rematch with Nate Diaz, who defeated him at UFC 196. But not Holm, whom Tate defeated at the same event.
So, what is the reason that Miesha Tate is fighting Amanda Nunes and not Holly Holm?
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Tate spills the beans. She informs that Holm was never in UFC’s mind, they had in fact, another name in mind: Amanda Nunes.
“They thought that Amanda was the next best girl in line. They were like, ‘Look, you just beat Holly. You finished her.’ They didn’t feel that it was necessary to have an immediate rematch; it didn’t warrant an immediate rematch,” Tate revealed.
“It wasn’t one of those performances or such a crazy fight that we’ve got to have an immediate rematch. It was kind of like, ‘Let’s open up the division – we’d like you to fight Amanda. I said, ‘Cool.’ Amanda’s someone I’ve had my eye on for a while, and I know she’s had her eye on me. Now’s the time we get to get in there and do what we do.”
Holm’s longtime manager, Lenny Fresquez however, accused Tate of choosing a “weaker opponent” over a strong opponent like Holm.
“Holly was offered to her and she chose Nunes. She chose to take a weaker opponent,” Fresquez told 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.”
Meanwhile, Tate has dismissed Fresquez’s allegations saying that she wants to “fight the girl who’s next in line.”
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