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Should The UFC Let Holly Holm Fight Someone Other Than Ronda Rousey Next?

Submitted by on December 10, 2015 – 11:06 amNo Comment

The UFC knows they have one of the most anticipated MMA fights ever on their hands, and apparently, they’re not going to do anything to risk it.

Last month, Ronda Rousey got knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193. And within just minutes, maybe even seconds, of the fight ending, people were already wondering, “Rematch?” Holm’s knockout win was such a huge upset that you have to assume that Rousey would want to avenge the loss. And as you would expect, she does. She spoke with ESPN The Magazine recently and revealed that she is going to make it her mission to beat Holm when they fight again.

“Everything is going to be determined by that,” Rousey said. “Either I’ll win and keep going or I won’t and I’ll be done with everything.”

The problem is that Rousey isn’t going to be able to take part in a rematch for at least six months. So UFC president Dana White spoke with the Los Angeles Times yesterday and said that, tentatively, he’s going to have her get back into the Octagon with Holm at UFC 200 in July. But in order for that to happen, Holm will have to turn down any other fights and sit around waiting for Rousey to get better. It’s sort of an unfair predicament for her to be in. Why should she have to suffer and miss out on fights because of how dominant she was against Rousey?

It would obviously be risky business for UFC to allow Holm to fight again between now and July when UFC 200 takes place. Let’s say she gets into the Octagon and loses. Then what? Does the Rousey/Holm rematch not happen? Or let’s say she gets knocked out and she needs to sit out six months. Does the rematch get delayed? The UFC might put the entire UFC 200 event in jeopardy by allowing Holm to fight.

Still, would it be too much to allow her to take part in a tune-up fight against an obviously lesser opponent before fighting Rousey? It would give Holm the opportunity to fight again. It would allow UFC to capitalize on her sudden popularity. And it would give some huge underdog a small chance to do what Holm did to Rousey and possibly help expand the women’s division. We wouldn’t count on it happening, but if he plays his cards right, White could keep everyone happy and help the UFC as a whole in the process.

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