Ronda Rousey coming back to rematch with Holly Holm and reclaim her belt would’ve made a few people a lot of money. A lot of money.
But Miesha Tate putting Holm to sleep at UFC 196 has tarnished quite a bit of the luster on that Rousey/Holm match-up, and it’s going to take some doing to get it back.
Dana White blames Holm’s manager for this whole mess.
As per ESPN:
“The sad part about that is, listen, he’s an old boxing guy who thinks he’s smart, and he’s not,” White said during an appearance on ESPN’s Russillo & Kanell. “It’s one of those things. I feel bad about it. I feel bad for Holly. 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 got me this far.’
“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. Anyway, Holly made a lot of money. She accomplished great things, she beat Ronda Rousey. But it could have been so much bigger for her, and the sad part is, I don’t think she even knows it.”
Hindsight is 20/20, so obviously we know Holm made a mistake in fighting Tate before the Rousey rematch. But wouldn’t White be singing a different tune if Holm had managed to prevent that last takedown from Tate?