After Holly Holm lost her title to Miesha Tate at UFC 196 earlier this month, UFC president Dana White addressed the upset, saying her impatience cost her a lot of money.
If the now-former champ would’ve waited, she would’ve potentially seen the biggest payday in UFC history in a rematch with Ronda Rousey, whom she knocked out last November. Instead, she took a quick fight with Tate and suffered the consequences.
“It’s one of those things. I feel bad about it. I feel bad for Holly. I don’t know if Holly really knows what she lost,” White told ESPN.
He went on to say that Holm’s longtime manager Lenny Fresquez pushed for the fight by going public, which was ultimately, a big mistake.
“I think [Holm] has so much faith in the people that surround her, she feels like, ‘Well, they got me this far.’. The sad part about that is, listen, he’s an old boxing guy who thinks he’s smart, and he’s not,” White explained. “We had this meeting, and Holly wasn’t even in it. Holly, that’s your life. You should be in that meeting. Don’t leave it to these people. Anyway, Holly made a lot of money. She accomplished great things, she beat Ronda Rousey. But it could have been so much bigger for her, and the sad part is, I don’t think she even knows it.”
Holm fired back at White, denying that his manager pushed her into the fight.
“For me, I don’t really care what people say about me,” Holm said on “The MMA Hour.” “But I do care when people are negative about the people around me who I love and who support me. So yeah, it’s frustrating, because it was something that I wanted and it’s something that [Fresquez] pushed for [afterwards].”
Does she regret her decision? Not at all.
“I’ve always said I wanted to fight and there still has been no for-sure time that Ronda’s going to be back. So they said there’s all this money coming in for that fight, but what if that fight doesn’t ever happen?” Holm said. “Then what are you waiting for? Nothing. You only make money off that fight if that fight is actually going to happen, and I don’t know what’s going to happen. Number one, I don’t fight for money. I only fight because I’m passionate about it, and so if we didn’t know if she’d be back right away, we thought, ‘Well, let’s get another fight going.’ “