Holly Holm has a tough test ahead of her at UFC 196 when she meets Miesha Tate. If Holm wins, a rematch with Ronda Rousey is on the horizon, which UFC president Dana White says will be the biggest fight in MMA history.
White isn’t discounting Tate’s chances of winning, but he knows that a potential Holm-Rousey rematch could equal the biggest card the promotion has ever put on.
"If Holly Holm should win, the Holly-Ronda Rousey rematch is going to be the biggest fight ever in UFC history — if that rematch happens," White said on the Jalen and Jacoby Show on Wednesday.
A lot still has to happen before the UFC can start seeing the dollar signs because Holm still has to get through Tate on March 5, and that’s no easy task.
While Holm had her way with Rousey last November, White points to Tate’s tremendous wrestling and grappling pedigree as just one of many reasons she could give the women’s bantamweight champion trouble in this fight.
"Ronda went in against Holly Holm and tried to box with a boxer. Whereas Ronda’s game should have been going in and using her judo. Well, Miesha Tate will go for low singles, double legs, she’s going to try and wrestle Holly Holm," White said.
"She’s durable, she’s got a great chin, and stylistically this is a very tough matchup."
As for Holm getting the credit she deserves for knocking off the fighter dubbed "the most dominant in all of sports" last year, White promises that she’s reaping the benefits both in public perception and with her new UFC contract.
"Holly doesn’t get overlooked at all. She beat the unbeatable. She went in and accomplished the impossible," White said.
"Believe me, she is receiving all the accolades and the financial rewards that go along with a huge accomplishment."
If Holm beats Tate in March, then it sounds like she will sit on the sidelines until Rousey is ready to return later in the year.
Right now, Rousey is preparing to film the "Road House" remake as well as "Mile 22" alongside Mark Wahlberg before turning her attention back to the title and a second chance at Holm.