When the UFC announced that Miesha Tate would be defending her title against someone not named Holly Holm people were confused. Very quickly, a theory emerged that the UFC was punishing her for her comments about Dana White, and for rushing back into a fight with Miesha Tate when they wanted her to wait for Rousey.
Holm broke her silence after losing to Tate at UFC 196 on MMA Hour yesterday, and said she badly wanted a rematch with Tate at UFC 200. Holm is now left in limbo wondering where she fits into the UFC's plans - but she did reveal a theory that would suggest she isn't in the UFC's bad books after all.
Holm theorises that the UFC is saving her for Rousey's return in November for the rematch they dreamed about since Holm stunned the MMA world at UFC 193.
It's very possible. I don't know what their real thinking is, but they're obviously a successful business for a reason. They're a successful promotion. They usually have their reasons behind everything.
If I rematch with Ronda, I'm gonna train my butt off. If I rematch with Tate, I'm gonna train my butt off. If they give me one of the other top girls in the meantime, I'm gonna train my butt off.
Maybe they'll put Ronda and I together and the winner of that goes for the belt.
That could be it. They could be waiting for that.
Wouldn't that be something? Before Holm defeated Rousey, the women's bantamweight division was about one person. Now though, between Tate's title fight with Nunes, and the winner of Pena and Zingano also a potential title challenger - there's suddenly a lot of interest in the division.
Just wait for Rousey to come back.