UFC President Dana White says that a rematch between current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and former titleholder Ronda Rousey would be a fight of unmatched significance for the organisation.
Holm pulled off a stunning upset at UFC 193 when she pummeled Rousey for over a round before ending the fight in brutal fashion with a ferocious head-kick knockout in the second round.
The UFC had every intention of an immediate rematch, but Rousey’s need to take time off from the sport did not correspond with Holm’s desire to get back in the octagon and defend her title.
The decision was then made to book Holm against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 for the women’s bantamweight title. Should the former win, a grudge match against Rousey is all but a certainty and White is convinced it would be the organisation’s biggest ever event.
“If Holly Holm were to win [at UFC 196], the Holly-Ronda rematch is the biggest fight ever in UFC history, if that rematch happens,” White said in an interview with ESPN.
White uses hyperbole to the extent where few of his statements can be taken at face value but the above quote might not be that far from the truth.
UFC 100 still holds the reported pay-per-view record for the company at 1.6 million. The first bout between Holm and Rousey at UFC 193 reportedly topped 1 million buys, and a properly promoted rematch could do even more.
However, White says Tate will present a serious threat to Holm’s title belt, and the proposed rematch with Rousey, at UFC 196 and that there is no guarantee that the latter will win.
“Stylistically this is a very, very tough fight because you know how styles make fights,” White said.
“Miesha Tate will go for low singles, double legs. She will try to wrestle Holly Holm. She’s durable, she’s got a great chin and stylistically this is a very tough matchup.”