Ronda Rousey faces Holly Holm at UFC 195 in January, shocking Miesha Tate
Today, the UFC announced that Ronda Rousey (12-0) will next defend her Bantamweight Title at UFC 195 Saturday, January 2, 2016 against
Miesha Tate Holly Holm (9-0). Just last month, Tate was announced as Rousey’s next opponent following a unanimous decision win over Jessica Eye on July 25th. Tate has won all four of her fights by unanimous or majority decision following her loss to Rousey in December 2013 at UFC 168.
Holm–a two-time The Ring magazine Female Fighter of the Year and three-time welterweight boxing champion–comes into the fight with a 9-0 MMA record and may pose a unique challenge for Rousey. “She’s the best striker I’ve ever fought (ed. note: she hasn’t fought Holm yet), and striking is something I learned much later in my career,” said Rousey. “She’s definitely my biggest challenge to date, so I’m super excited about it.” Additionally, Holm is a southpaw, and although Rousey has fought a southpaw before–Cat Zingano–she has not fought a striking southpaw, which may prove a significant difference.
The announcement that Holm is Rousey’s next opponent came as a bit of a shock, but none were as shocked as Miesha Tate. At UFC Fox 16, Tate faced and defeated Jessica Eye which was dubbed as a “title buster”–a fight to determine who will get the next shot at the Bantamweight belt. Through her agent, Tate expressed her shock and frustration at the announcement, stating:
“I am extremely disappointed how all the events unfolded this morning regarding news that I will not be fighting Ronda Rousey.
“I was told after my last win that I had earned the title shot. I’ve already begun training for Rousey and I was shocked to hear the announcement this morning. I regret this for not only myself, but my team, sponsors and the fans who like me believed my next fight was for the title.”
Rousey and Tate have met in the Octagon twice before with the same result: an armbar submission. Indeed, Vin Diesel stunt double and anthropomorphized thumb Dana White defended the choice of Tate, citing this fact as a reason for Holm as the next woman up:
A third fight in a rivalry usually comes after the stuff we’d see in [Arturo] Gatti-[Micky] Ward. With Miesha, the result has been the same twice. Everyone’s already seen that fight.
White went on to educate us on what to expect from Holm. “When you talk about the possibilities of what Holly can do…she’s a world-class boxer…the Holly Holm fight for Ronda is way more intriguing.” Zane Simon, Associate Editor of Bloody Elbow, notes that the temperature for Tate-Rousey 3: Trouble With An Armbar is lukewarm at best, and a fresh challenger in a budding stale division may be great the UFC. For now, all we can do is wait and see if Holly can Holm her own against Rousey.
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