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Dana White says Holly Holm is 'way more intriguing' for Ronda Rousey than Miesha Tate

Dana White says Holly Holm is 'way more intriguing' for Ronda Rousey than Miesha Tate

 Dana White says Holly Holm is 'way more intriguing' for Ronda Rousey than Miesha Tate

The movement to appoint former boxing champion Holly Holm as Ronda Rousey’s next opponent began in conference-room talks, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White told the Los Angeles Times on Friday.

Immediately following Rousey’s 34-second knockout victory over Bethe Correia in Brazil on Aug. 1, both White and Rousey spoke as if it was a foregone conclusion that top-ranked contender Miesha Tate would get a third crack at Rousey (12-0) for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
Tate in July impressed with a stand-up victory over a respected striker, Jessica Eye, and Tate also stands as the only fighter who’s taken Venice’s Rousey past the first round.
 Yet, when it came time to formally discuss plans of who’d be assigned to take on the imposing challenge of fighting Rousey Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the focus switched from Tate to an alternate type of challenge.

“We were talking about Miesha from the start, then as we started sitting around we were saying, ‘Everyone has seen the Miesha fight already,’ ” White said, referring to Rousey’s third-round armbar submission victory over Tate on Dec. 28, 2013, and her first-round armbar submission of Tate in the Strikeforce organization in March 2012.
“A third fight in a rivalry usually comes after the stuff we’d see in [Arturo] Gatti-[Micky] Ward,” White said of the classic boxing trilogy. “With Miesha, the result has been the same twice. Everyone’s already seen that fight.”
White said he’ll work to stage a fight between top-ranked Tate (17-5) and fourth-ranked Amanda Nunes (11-4) on the Rousey-Holm card.
“Theres two sides to the coin … I’m not sure losing another fight to Ronda so soon would be good for Miesha,” White said. “She’s not going anywhere. I think she’ll be fine.”