Everybody can not wait for the expected rematch between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey. Even though the rematch has not been announced, and will not be in the immediate future, it hasn’t stopped Holm’s camp from taking shots at Rousey.
Holm’s coach, Mike Winkeljohn, was on Submission Radio and commented on the possibility that the highly anticipated rematch happening at UFC 200, which is scheduled to take place on July 2 at the brand-new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“I hope so (she’ll fight at UFC 200). You know, that’s Holly. She has fought five times in one year, so she’s active. She has that Cowboy Cerrone mentality where she just wants to fight and get through this thing. She likes to fight. So in a perfect world, that’d be fantastic. Let’s have her fight, go fight whoever they give us. Show the world that it’s not one-and-done with Holly Holm, that she can destroy the next person. And then, if Ronda has the guts to do it again, let’s do it again for some big money. And that’s great for those girls.”
Ooof. “If she has the guts.” Questioning a fighter’s toughness and backbone is probably the most malicious kind of verbal attack a person can do to a MMA fighter.
Rousey did suffer a brutal kick to the noggin at the foot of Holm that KO’d Ronda at UFC 193 in November. Rousey did go into hiding for a few weeks, but seems to be slowly coming back into the public eye with her Sports Illustrated body paint photoshoot.
Meanwhile, Holm’s title defense has been reported to be against top contender Miesha Tate at UFC 197, which is also expected to feature Conor McGregor face off against lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
During the Submission Radio interview, Winkeljohn paid much respect to Tate, while taking another shot at Rousey at the same time.
“No. It was the hardest in that she was up against this legendary status and the pressure was incredible that way – although, being the underdog takes a lot of pressure of you. But there’s different styles out there. Miesha Tate is gonna scramble all day long, where Ronda was gonna try to get quick submissions. There’s a difference how that plays out. So in many ways, Miesha Tate is more dangerous than Ronda Rousey.”
I’m starting to get the feeling that Mike Winkeljohn doesn’t particularity like Ronda Rousey. Whenever the highly anticipated rematch is, it is sure to be epic.