SINCE Holly Holm unseated Ronda Rousey as the queen of the UFC bantamweight division and gave Rousey her first taste of defeat inside the octagon, there have been murmurs around MMA circles that she would defend her title against Miesha Tate before their much-anticipated rematch in UFC 200.
With Holm locked in with a new multi-fight deal with the UFC to start off the year, it appears that Holm is headed towards a date against the number one contender Tate.
Recently, Holm’s coach Mike Winkeljohn offered his opinion on SB Nation’s Submission Radio Australia that Tate will be a tough opponent for Holly Holm, saying that “Cupcake” Tate is deserving of the title opportunity.
“We, as a camp, always figured, ‘Give it to the No. 1 contender,'” Winkeljohn said through SB Nation’s MMA Fighting. “Miesha Tate is No. 1. That makes sense. I think Tate did the best of everyone against Ronda Rousey. I think she deserves it. That makes sense to us and Holly would love to have that fight.”
In December, Holm managed to clear the smokescreen on Rousey’s dominance in UFC 193 with a vicious headkick that put Rousey to sleep. However, Winkeljohn is banking on a tougher assignment this time around against Tate.
“It was the hardest in that [Holm] was up against this legendary status and the pressure was incredible,” Winkeljohn said of Holm bout with Rousey. “Although, being the underdog takes a lot of pressure off you. There’s different styles out there. Miesha Tate is going to scramble all day long while Ronda was trying to get quick submissions.
“There’s a difference in how that plays out. In many ways, Miesha is more dangerous than Ronda Rousey. Not overall, but for different parts of the fight, there are women out there that can be tougher than Ronda Rousey. In the scramble? I think Miesha Tate is better than Ronda Rousey.”
Listen in to the full interview with Coach Mike Winkeljohn conducted by SB Nation’s Submission Radio below: