UFC president Dana White said that he feels bad for former bantamweight champion Holly Holm following her loss to Miesha Tate as UFC 196, and questioned her manager for putting her in the fight, according to ESPN.
Holm had been given the option to wait for a rematch with Ronda Rousey, who she claimed the belt from at UFC 193 in one of the biggest upsets in UFC history, but felt that could take well into the fall. Instead, she decided to take an intermediate title match.
White said that the decision to schedule the extra fight, which he says happened without her in the room, ruined the chance for a much bigger fight.
“We had this meeting, and Holly wasn't even in it. Holly, that's your life,” White said. “You should be in that meeting. Don't leave it to these people. Anyway, Holly made a lot of money. She accomplished great things, she beat Ronda Rousey. But it could have been so much bigger for her, and the sad part is, I don't think she even knows it.”
However, Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s manager, said that she was part of the team that made the decision to fight Tate.
“It was a team decision, and Holly is the boss. She wanted to fight, and she got her wish,” Fresquez said.
While the UFC won’t get the Holm-Rousey rematch as expected, a title fight between Tate and Rousey will be the third meeting between two fighters that don’t like each other.