Memo to Sports Speakup contributors JR & PW, who in their Friday offering lamented poor Holly Holm’s unfortunate situation:
It’s not that unfortunate.
Yes, Holly, on the advice of her management, opted not to wait for what would have been a lucrative rematch with Ronda Rousey. The problem was, how long would she have had to wait?
It turns out, Rousey, physically battered and emotionally devastated by the loss to Holm, was out of the Octagon for 13 months.
And, sure, in subsequent fights, Holm has made not millions but thousands.
Lots of thousands.
UFC 196 vs. Meisha Tate: $540,000.
UFC 208 vs. Germaine de Randamie: $180,000.
UFC 209 vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino: $380,000.
Total UFC career earnings: $1,530,000.
Those figures include only reported fight purses and bonuses, not percentages of pay-per-view revenue, gate receipts, etc.
Holm also earns money from sponsorships. She’s a licensed realtor and has been active in that field.
Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s longtime Albuquerque promoter, dislikes talking about his client’s finances. But in response to the criticism about the decision not to wait for Rousey, he told Fox Sports in May 2016, “She’s a multi-millionaire already.”
As for JR & PW’s comparison of Holm to the ill-fated Hillary Swank character in the Oscar-winning film “Million Dollar Baby,” yes, repeated blows to the head are not good for one’s health.
Know, however, that Holm’s decision to continue her combat sports career at age 36 is not motivated by money — and certainly not by the lack of it.
If Holm had waited for Rousey (not knowing if a rematch would ever happen) and made all those millions, could she have retired and lived happily ever after? Yes, she could have. She could have done so at any time since.
Chances are good though, Rousey or no Rousey, that she’d still be fighting regardless.
She just loves fighting.