Ronda Rousey might soon fight again after Holly Holm lost the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight belt to Miesha Tate on Sunday.
Tate stopped Holm with a rear-naked choke at 3:30 mark of the final round of their championship match at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I think that Ronda now will fight Miesha Tate for the title,” White told ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto in his interview. “That is what’s going to happen. That’s what I said before this fight ever happened. Whoever wins will fight Ronda for the title.”
White also said that he already informed Rousey about Tate’s victory.
“I texted Ronda and she wasn’t even watching the fight,” White added. “I told her that Holm was choked unconsciously. And she said, well it looks like I got to get back to work. I don’t know what that means – if that means acting or fighting.”
The former bantamweight titleholder Rousey (12-1 win-loss record) beat Tate twice before the latter became champion.
A former Olympian judoka, Rousey defeated Tate via submission in the first round of Strikeforce on March 4, 2012. The two had a rematch in the UFC where Rousey won again via submission in the third round.
Holm, for her part, said that she wanted to fight Tate in the soonest possible time.
“I want to fight Miesha tomorrow. She would want the same thing [if she lost]. I’ am more anxious to get in and train than I have been in a long time,” Holm told Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog.
“Everybody asked why are you taking this fight? You should wait for the rematch [with Ronda]. I’m in it to fight. Tonight I made some mistakes. I’m going to fix those mistakes and I’m going to comeback stronger,” said Holm.
But White is keen on organizing a third fight between Tate and Rousey in the middle or late this year.
“I don’t know how much it was for Holly and for her manager. The Ronda Rosey fight is such a massive for her and she could wait for Ronda. She [Holm] is not surrounded by business geniuses, but props to her for fighting,” White told UFC correspondent Megan Olivi.
Tate’s win-loss record improved to 18-5, while Holm’s dropped to 10-1 record.