“As far as how she won the belt, it wasn’t like she was just dominating me. I was ahead. I was winning that fight. And yeah, she totally had round two and dominated round two. But in my eyes and I think most people’s eyes, that’s why a rematch made sense. It wasn’t like really one-sided. I felt like I was winning and she came with a submission in the end. I don’t see why they wouldn’t want to see a rematch with something like that… I don’t know if it was Miesha that wanted to decide to have a different fight or if it was the UFC wanting a different matchup. I don’t know. I know that I was asking for it and my management was constantly talking to the UFC. I guess I just have to be patient… I would like to rematch Miesha and I would like it to be for the belt, because who wouldn’t want to get that back? So I guess that’s what I would want. I want her to win, still have the belt, so I could rematch her and get the belt. I would rematch her regardless. But it would be even sweeter if it was for the belt. So I hope she wins. And anybody that beats me, better beat everybody else.”
-Holly Holm talks to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about her loss to Miesha Tate and not getting the rematch at UFC 200.
Penick’s Analysis: The rematch was entirely warranted, and was a fight that made sense business wise for the UFC. That’s why it comes off as entirely punitive that they didn’t book the fight, and according to Tate, didn’t even offer it. Tate’s taking the stance that it wasn’t necessary – and in some respects it’s not necessary – because of how decisive the finish was, but Holm’s got a very good argument for the fight in that she had been winning the fight prior to getting caught in that scramble late. She’ll probably get her rematch eventually, but right now it’s hard to know what the UFC is thinking given their booking decision here.
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