After knocking out crowd favourite Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November last year, Holly Holm has achieved a cult status and she is the new darling of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And now she has went ahead and extended her contract with UFC.
Yes, for all the Holly Holm fans, there are some good news.
The new woman’s bantamweight champion, Holm has signed a multi-fight contract extension with the UFC and this means that we would see more of Holm in the Octagon.
Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s longtime manager and promoter confirmed the news to FOX Sports.
“Yes, we are very happy. Very happy and thankful to Lorenzo (Fertitta), it was a long process, it took us a very long time but it’s a lot of patience and persistence,” Fresquez told FOX Sports.
“I think Lorenzo said it best and I’m going to quote him — we didn’t get what we wanted, they didn’t get what they wanted, but we settled in the middle and we’re content. We’re very happy and we look forward to them building Holly to the superstar she is.”
Holm, the former boxing champion switched to mixed martial arts by signing a multi-fight deal with UFC back in June 2014. She quickly had her first two victories before being matched up with Rousey at the UFC 193 card in Australia that drew more than 50,000 and sent Rousey to hospital for surgery following Holm’s powerful side kick.
Holm’s new deal with UFC also includes negotiations on her next fight and according to her manager the organization would soon make announcement of her next fight.
“The UFC will be having an announcement this week and they’ll be announcing it,” Fresquez said.
“I’m not at liberty to discuss the contract and that was part of the contract so I can’t discuss any of that but the UFC will be making an announcement this week I’m pretty sure.”
Holm has previously stated that she is ready for a rematch with Rousey. She was even willing for an immediate rematch with Rousey but that wasn’t possible at that time following Rousey’s surgery. Holm is even willing to go up a division and fight Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.
A few weeks back UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta revealed that Rousey will return to Octagon once she completes filming her two movie projects, also giving the possible hint that Holm and Rousey’s rematch might happen at UFC 200 in July in Las Vegas. So that leaves Holm to have a potential fight with top contender Miesha Tate, though nothing has been confirmed yet it is still a possibility.
However, UFC President Dana White told the LA Times on Monday that they are yet to arrive at a decision on Holm’s next opponent, but he did hint that “it’s possible” that Holm could fight someone else in the interim instead of waiting for the rematch with Rousey.
“I honestly don’t know what we’re going to do,” White said. “I’ve got to talk to Ronda. I haven’t had one business conversation with her since her fight.”