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MMA: Is UFC passing on Holm?

Talk about no respect.
Not only did the UFC not give Albuquerque’s Holly Holm a rematch with Miesha Tate, not only does the UFC seemingly have no plans for Holm in the foreseeable future, the world’s most powerful and wealthy MMA promotional firm won’t even pay for her subscription to its video streaming service.
Or, at least, they haven’t.
“They keep saying they’re going to take care of my UFC Fight Pass, but I still pay for it all the time,” Holm said Monday on mmafighting,com’s “MMA Hour.”
“… I pay for it every month, and they always say they’re going to go and fix it.”
In repairing the damage done to Holm’s MMA career by the loss of her UFC bantamweight title to Tate, it seems she’s on her own. She learned last week that Tate will defend the title against Brazil’s Amanda Nunes (12-4) rather than against Holm in a rematch.
Holm’s agent, Albuquerque’s Lenny Fresquez, told the Journal, as well as mmafighting.com, that UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told him it was Tate’s choice not to accept a rematch. Tate (18-5) said a rematch with Holm was never even brought up in conversations with the UFC.
Monday, Holm (10-1) chose not to get involved.
“I don’t know if it was Miesha that wanted a different fight … or if it was the UFC wanting a different fight,” she said. “I don’t know.”
Holm does know she won’t be fighting top contenders Cat Zingano or Julianna Pena any time soon, either. The day after Tate announced she’d be fighting Nunes on UFC 200 July 9, UFC announced Pena and Zingano would be matched against each other on the same card.
“MMA Hour” host Ariel Helwani pointed out that several other UFC women’s bantamweight contenders also have fights coming up. The most available opponent for Holm appears to be Sarah Kaufman, a friend and sometime training partner whom Holm would much prefer not to fight. Also, Helwani noted, Kaufman doesn’t have a current UFC contract.
“How is it possible that Holly Holm is the odd woman out here?” Helwani said.
Holm clearly was wondering the same thing.
“Right now,” she said, “I’m looking like I might be hanging out training for a while. It’s frustrating.”
The UFC did offer Holm a fight against Brazil’s Cris Cyborg on May 14, but Holm turned it down — still thinking she might get the rematch with Tate.
Asked by Helwani if in hindsight she regretted turning down the Cyborg fight, Holm said, “Maybe.” But, she added, perhaps there will be a better time and place for that fight later on. The May 14 fight is scheduled to take place in Curitiba, Brazil, Cyborg’s hometown. Cyborg will fight Leslie Smith.
“We just kind of felt like maybe that fight would be a better situation in the future,” Holm said. “I really wanted to get this rematch. I guess we’ll see what’s next.”
Fresquez has criticized Tate for not taking a rematch, noting that Holm agreed to defend the title against her when she didn’t have to.
Tate, while insisting the UFC didn’t give her that option, pointed out that Holm never successfully defended the title she’d won from Ronda Rousey and that there was no controversy surrounding the Tate-Holm fight. Tate won by fifth-round submission.
Holm said she held no anger or resentment toward Tate, but pointed out she was winning the fight all all three official scorecards through four rounds. She appeared to be winning the fifth, as well, when Tate got the decisive takedown and secured the choke.
“In my eyes and I think it most people’s eyes, that’s why a rematch makes sense,” Holm said.
When Tate steps into the cage against Nunes, Holm said, she’ll be rooting for the champion.
“I’d like to rematch Miesha and I’d like it to be for the (title) belt,” she said, “because I want it back.”


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