Not that the UFC’s stance on who Albuquerque’s Holly Holm would fight next was really in question, but just in case, the top organization in mixed martial arts reiterated its opinion on Wednesday.
UFC President Dana White told the LA Times that a date has been cleared for Holm, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, and Ronda Rousey to have a rematch at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas, Nev. Holm’s camp, however, has still not agreed yet to any such terms.
Holm’s longtime manager, Lenny Fresquez, has made it clear that while Holm wants a rematch with Rousey, she isn’t interested in sitting out and waiting until July to fight again while Rousey takes planned time off to pursue non-fighting projects and also recover from injuries suffered in last month’s loss to Holm in Australia.
The L.A. Times reported White was dismissive of Fresquez’s concerns that Rousey may not be ready to fight by July and Holm would instead rather fight in the next few months, possibly against Meisha Tate.
“We’re real concerned with his opinion,” White said in a sarcastic tone, the newspaper reported.
White also said he talks with Rousey, who he said is a very close friend, sometimes as much as seven times a day and has no concerns that she will be ready to fight by July.
White, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and matchmaker Sean Shelby wer in Albuquerque on Monday talking with Holm’s team about her next fight, as well as a new contract for Holm, according to Fresquez.