Holly Holm signs extension with UFC, allowing for Ronda Rousey rematch

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm signed a contract extension Monday.
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UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm has signed a multi-fight contract extension with the company, UFC president Dana White announced Monday.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the extension is rumored to be for eight fights, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Holm, 34, stunned Ronda Rousey by knockout at UFC 193 in November to claim the women’s bantamweight title. She originally told reporters in December that she hoped she wouldn’t have to wait until July 9, the projected date of her second meeting with Rousey, to get back in the cage.

“Eight months is a long time between fights, and I don’t want to wait that long,” Holm said, according to ESPN. “But if that’s what it is, I’ll do it and I’ll be ready.”​

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Holm added Monday that an announcement about her next fight will “soon” be made.

“I’ll let them announce it,” Holm said. "I’m pretty sure it will be soon.”

The undefeated Holm is expected either Rousey or Miesha Tate in her next bout.