Holly Holm beat Ronda Rousey, but didn’t want to wait around for a rematch, and instead took a fight against Miesha Tate. She lost, and Dana White blamed Holm’s taking of that fight on her manager.
Yesterday, Holm was on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” to refute that notion.
“That was me,” Holm told Ariel Helwani. “I definitely said I wanted another fight. I said I wanted to fight sooner rather than later. So, 100 percent, that was me, that was my decision. They’ve never ever made me take a fight without my blessing. Nobody in my camp has ever told me to do something one way or the other, it doesn’t matter. That’s something I said I wanted to do, I wanted to fight.”
Holm, who’s worked with Fresquez since she started out as a boxer in Albuquerque, said it’s frustrating to hear him being thrown under the bus for something that was her doing.
“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.
“For me, I don’t really care what people say about me,” Holm said. “But I do care when people are negative about the people around who I love and support me. So yeah, it’s frustrating, because it was something that I wanted and it’s something I wanted and it’s something that [Fresquez] pushed for. He said, ‘Holly wants to fight.’ That wasn’t him saying that, that was me. He was speaking on my behalf. So I don’t like when people think that he’s pushing me to do things against my will. That was my wish, and what I wanted.”
This is definitely one of those instances where crying over spilled milk does nothing to clean up all the milk. Holm lost the belt! Let’s move past it, people!