One of the biggest upsets in the history of UFC saw the downfall of Ronda Rousey. Suffering a knockout in the hands of Holly Holm, the former UFC Bantamweight women's champ incurred her first defeat in the said sport. Prior to Holm, the Rouser had been hailed for her quick and efficient wins - with only a few seconds spared for even her biggest opponents then. It was, however, in the second round of her match against Holm that Rousey fell victim to the swift and strength of the boxer.
The defeat to Holm not only cost Rousey her belt, but also her health. For the next months, the former undefeated UFC champ has been restricted from engaging in any activity related to the sport. Hence, fans will reportedly have to wait to see the second round of UFC 194. Rousey's estimated return in the octagon is on the UFC 200. While the rematch is still months away, sports analysts and stars are now sounding off their opinions.
One particular UFC star who is not afraid to point out the flaws of Rousey's revenge plans is Miesha Tate. Before Holm came into the picture, Tate has been pegged as the Rouser's most formidable opponent. Her notoriety came from being the only fighter then who managed to survive until the second round before getting pulverized by Rousey. Moreover, Tate had been widely speculated to be the next match of Rousey before Holm's entry.
"I'm not a fan of the rematch in that amount of time, because with everything else that Ronda has going on, plus her injuries, I just don't think it's going to amount to a good outcome," shared Tate in her interview with MMAjunkie Radio. She added, "It wasn't a competitive fight, and Holly has the perfect style to beat Ronda. Holly's already back in the gym training; she had no injuries from the fight."
Tate went on to discuss the obvious advantages of Holm over Rousey in terms of training time and schedule. She said, "[Holm] knows she's fighting Ronda next, but she gets this whole time to fix maybe even the little things she wanted to improve on in the fight.She's going to be even more prepared, and I don't know if it's a smart move, because Ronda might go 0-2."
For her part, Holm also took issue on the scheduled fight. Although the current UFC Bantamweight women's champ is eager to have a rematch against Rousey, she also expressed her dismay over the span of time she would need to wait for it to happen.
"Eight months between fights is a long time," Holm admitted. The champion added,"Maybe not for some, but in boxing I used to fight four times a year for title fights. I was very active. This year is three fights in a year. I still feel like it's active. To go eight months without one, we're not even averaging two a year at that rate. So it's kind of like, man, that's a really long time from now."