UFC president Dana White has explained his decision to pass up on Miesha Tate and hand Holly Hold a shot at women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Tate lost both of her previous bouts against Rousey, but was expected to be granted a third opportunity after recording her fourth consecutive win in July over Jessica Eye.
"She's lost to Ronda twice. Miesha, at this point in her career, if she loses to Ronda Rousey a third time, it's a career killer," White said on UFC Tonight.
"I know it seems like Miesha Tate got a bad break in this thing, but realistically when you look at it, Miesha has lost to her twice. Miesha's gonna have to knock a couple more people off to get to Ronda."
Holm will face Rousey on November 19 at the 56347-capacity Etihad Stadium in Melbourne at UFC 193 – an event expected to smash the UFC’s attendance record.
The fight will be Holm’s tenth professional mixed martial arts bout and just her third in the UFC, after victories over Marion Reneau and Raquel Pennington
The 33-year-old held several boxing titles at welterweight and light-welterweight – a fact which White believes makes her a viable challenger for the title.
"Holly Holm WBC, WBA, WBF, IBA, you name it, she's won the belt in boxing, she's 9-0 in mixed martial arts. If you look at the range and the distance, the head kicks, all the attributes…” White added
“We originally brought Holly Holm into the UFC to fight Ronda Rousey. That fight makes sense.”