Holly Holm Reveals Why She Didn’t Wait Around for a Rematch With Ronda Rousey

Published 07/28/2021, 6:30 AM EDT


Holly Holm made history when she defeated the women’s MMA icon, Ronda Rousey, at UFC 193. It was a women’s bantamweight title bout between two undefeated fighters that ended via brutal head kick knockout. Subsequently, the UFC wanted Holm to fight Rousey in a rematch.

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However, instead of waiting for ‘Rowdy’, Holm took on the next challenger in the line. She fought Miesha Tate, who broke her undefeated record with a final round a rear-naked choke. Holm has not won a title match since then.

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ opened up about her decision to not fight Ronda Rousey in a rematch. Holly Holm said, “Now my MMA game is lot more well-rounded than it was when I fought her. And I know there was a lot of talk of wait for the rematch with Ronda. But the rematch with Ronda would have gone the same as the first. And I am one of those that I don’t like to make my entire career on one person.”

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Holm continued, “I wanted to keep challenging myself as a fighter. So it made sense to me to take whatever challenge was next at the time. I can’t ever go back and say, oh I regret doing that. Maybe that helped me learn even more after that fight to be able to be the better fighter I am today.”

Holly Holm became a well-rounded fighter after losing to Miesha Tate

Holly Holm doesn’t have any regrets about not fighting Ronda Rousey in a rematch, even though Holm believed she would have won the second encounter. ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ took the Miesha Tate fight because she wanted to take on new challenges to evolve as a fighter. Even after losing her title, Holm took the positives and worked on her technique.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 04: (L-R) Holly Holm punches Irene Aldana of Mexico in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 04, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Holly Holm entered the world of mixed martial arts with a boxing background. She was excellent on the feet, but not as good on the ground. But after losing to Tate, she worked hard to polish her ground game.

Now, ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ is a much more well-rounded fighter than she was five years ago. With the return of Miesha Tate, fans could hope to see a rematch between the old rivals.

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Would you like to see the rematch between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate? What do you make of Holm’s comments? Was avoiding the Rousey rematch a good decision?

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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