Holly Holm lost her UFC bantamweight title to Miesha Tate at UFC 196. She is already back in the gym hoping to fight Tate again and have a rematch soon. However, it is unclear whether UFC will book their rematch or not.
Holly Holm is already frustrated with UFC President Dana White for slamming her manager. And a delayed rematch of Holm and Tate will further add insult to injury.
It so happened that during an interview with ESPN, Dana White slammed Holm’s manager. He blamed her long-time manager Lenny Fresquez for advising her wrongly.
“The sad part about that whole thing is, and listen, he’s an old boxing guy who thinks he’s smart and he isn’t,” White said.
“The thing I feel bad about is I feel bad for Holly because I don’t know if Holly really knows what she lost. I think she has so much faith in the people that surround her she feels like, ‘Well, they’ve got me here.’ We had this meeting and Holly wasn’t even in it. Holly, that’s your life. You should be in that meeting. Don’t leave it to these people, this guy. Oh my god.”
“Listen, Holly made a lot of money, she accomplished great things, she beat Ronda Rousey, but it could have been so much bigger for her. The sad part is I don’t [think she even knows.]”
However, on Monday in an interview with The MMA Hour, Holm hit back at White and defended Fresquez.
“All that is false,” Holm said. “I’ve always said I wanted to fight and there still has been no for sure time that Ronda’s going to be back. So they said there’s all this money coming in for that fight, but what if that fight doesn’t even happen? Then what are you waiting for? Nothing.”
Holm further added that she doesn’t fight for money.
“I only fight because I’m passionate about it, and so if we didn’t know if she’d be back right away, we thought well, let’s get another fight going,” she said.
Ronda Rousey took a break from the Octagon after her UFC 193 loss to Holly Holm. Although White said that she will be back later this year, no definite date has been set yet. Holm also defended her manager.
“Yeah, [Lenny]’s been nothing but supportive for me and my career,” she said. “He only looks out for my best interests, so it’s frustrating when people kind of put down the things that he’s worked so hard for. I said I wanted this fight. I did. I said I wanted it. That’s the bottom line.”
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