Holly Holm’s manager has taken some heat, since she was choked out by Miesha Tate earlier this month, but the former champ is defending the man who has helped build her into a star.
Originally, the UFC’s plan was to have Holm face Ronda Rousey in an immediate rematch, after she bombed out the Judoka in November. Rousey said she wasn’t planning to fight again until this summer, and Holm didn’t want to wait that long. Once Rousey asked for additional time off, the UFC moved ahead with Holm – Tate.
Well, now that Holm has lost to Tate, that mega-fight with Rousey may not happen. So some folks, and perhaps most visibly, Dana White, have piled on Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez for what went down.
“…So we didn’t know what was going to happen and I don’t fight for money. I fight because I am passionate about it. So when we didn’t know if she was going to be back right away, then we thought let’s get another fight going. And that was me who said I wanted another fight. I definitely said I wanted to fight sooner than later. That was 100-percent me, my decision. They would never make me take a fight without my blessing. No one in my camp has ever told me I should do something one way or another. That is something I wanted to do, I wanted to fight. He has been nothing but supportive for me and my career and he only looks out for my best interest. It’s frustrating when people put down the things he works so hard for. I said I wanted this fight, that is the bottom line. I don’t care what people say about me, but I care when people are negative abut the people around me and are supportive. It’s something I wanted and he pushed for on my behalf.”
Hindsight’s always 20/20. If Holm had gone out and breezed through Tate, everyone would be falling over themselves to talk about Holm – Rousey II, and how massive it was going to be. Further, as Holm noted, nothing is certain, especially in a sport like MMA. What if they had decided to wait for Rousey? Who we now know isn’t planning to fight until this fall, and then Rousey went down with an injury? Or Holm got injured? What if Rousey asked for more time off? Holm could have gone throughout 2016 with no bout, and no pay day.
She rolled the dice and lost, but sometimes, in fact often in combat sports, you have to roll them.