A lot of folks were surprised, even upset, when the UFC announced that Holly Holm is facing Ronda Rousey next, but one of the champ’s coaches is defending the promotion’s decision.

Holm has continued to work her way up the bantamweight ranks, since the decorated boxer transitioned into MMA, but not many people were talking about her securing a title shot yet. Holm is ranked #9 at 135, and has gone the distance in both of her UFC wins, and hasn’t buzzed the masses with a highlight reel victory.

Well, recently weight cutting coach Mike Dolce spoke with MMA Junkie.com, who continues to work with Rousey. After arguing it will be a more competitive fight than many are saying, Dolce added:

“She’s undefeated. She certainly deserves to be in the (title-picture) conversation. Now, to jump over Miesha for the title shot? That’s a conversation. I think Miesha deserved to be the No. 1 contender or at least in that conversation. But having two cracks at Ronda already, I can see why Miesha was taken out of the equation and Holly was put in.”

Dolce makes some good points. After all, if you don’t go with Tate for a third fight with Rousey, then who do you book? Amanda Nunes has moved into the top five rankings, but she was stopped by Cat Zingano in September. Cris “Cyborg” Justino has yet to even cut to 135, so clearly the UFC didn’t want to hold out for that option.

Rousey-Holm will go down on January 2nd at UFC 195 in Las Vegas.