After Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey in a shocking match at UFC 193 in November in Melbourne last year, everybody expected a rematch. However, following Rousey’s surgery and six month medical suspension, an immediate rematch was certainly not possible.
And now UFC President, Dana White has confirmed the much awaited news of Holm’s next fight.
“Holly Holm will fight before she fights Ronda,” White said during Wednesday’s episode of UFC Tonight.
Though nothing has been confirmed yet who she will fight next, the most likely opponent for her first title defense is former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate.
Tate is currently riding on a four win streak and was actually promised a title fight against Rousey before UFC opted for Holm, reports FOX Sports. But since Tate was already defeated by Rousey twice so the possibility of another match between the two was ruled out.
According to a MMA Fighting report, many also felt that Tate was more deserving than Holm at having a title shot at UFC 193 against Rousey.
However, in the wake of Rousey’s unavailability, Tate seems the only likely opponent set to fight Holm next. Tate has won four straight, most recently defeating Jessica Eye via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 16.
As far as Rousey is concerned, White promises that she will return to the Octagon soon but gave no exact date for her next bout. UFC co-owner, Lorenzo Fertitta quite recently announced that Rousey will return to Octagon after completing filming of her two movie projects.
“You will see Ronda Rousey fight again,” White said, reports FOX Sports.
“Ronda has dedicated the last three-plus years to working hard here. Not just fighting, but promoting and taking the sport and the UFC to a whole other level. Ronda has some well-deserved time off but she will fight this year.”
White’s new announcement comes in the wake of Holm signing a new multi-fight contract with UFC.