For Holly Holm it does not matter if there is not belt and title involved, she just wants revenge as rumors are swirling that she is also calling out former women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate for a fight inside the Octagon.
But for Holm to get the fight with Tate, she must first get past by Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on Fox which is set this Saturday that will take place in Chicago, Illinois. It would be noted that Holm shocked the fight fans after she knocked out former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.
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Holm’s reign as the women’s champion was short lived as she bowed to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 via submission in the fifth round. Tate in turn also had a short-lived reign as she lost to Amanda Nunes in the controversial UFC 200 held last weekend in Las Vegas.
The Tate-Nunes fight was supposed to be a co-main event that would have featured a unification bout between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier against interim champion Jon Jones. Jones was flagged by USADA 48-hours to their fight for using a banned substance and Jones will serve a two-year suspension from the UFC. However, another UFC 200 bout that had Brock Lesnar against Mark Hunt was also marred with controversy after Lesnar was flagged twice by USADA for possible anti-doping violation.
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For Holm, the fight with Tate is something personal adding that she would have wanted to fight Tate had it not for her scheduled meeting with Shevchenko. With Tate still recovering from injuries she suffered against Nunes, the fight might be held either late this year or early next year, depending if doctors would give Tate the go signal to train anew.
“I want to avenge a loss,” Holm said. “No matter what. Whether she had the belt or not, I’d still hate the fact that I lost the fight. Whether it’d have been for the belt or not. I want to win no matter what; it doesn’t matter if it’s for the belt or not. So yeah, it left a sour taste in my mouth just the loss in itself, belt or no belt. It still would have bothered me.”
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Holm stressed that after her loss to Tate she doubt her capabilities as a fighter and as an athlete. However, Holm explained that her loss further fuels her desire to come back and prove herself inside the Octagon. Just like other fighters who suffered a defeat, Holm stated that learning from her mistakes made her mother in her fight and she is out to prove that she is worthy of another title shot. But to get there, Holm wanted to first beat Shevchenko and then take on Tate in a rematch as soon as possible.
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