The dust is still settling after an epic night of upsets at UFC 196, and already Holly Holm’s eyes are turning to UFC 200.
The biggest story from the weekend’s event was the shock defeat suffered by Conor McGregor at the hands of Nate Diaz. Already analysed to death, it’s clear that while McGregor lived up to his ‘anytime, anybody, anywhere’ philosophy, he came up short against a bigger, heavier opponent who is known for having an iron chin.
Almost forgotten due to the shock of McGregor’s first UFC defeat was the similarly stunning defeat suffered by bantamweight champion Holly Holm at the hands of challenger Miesha Tate. Like McGregor, Holm tasted defeat as a result of a rear naked choke hold in the fifth round.
Now, merely days later, Holm has come out and expressed an interest in a rematch at UFC 200.
Via Instagram, Holm, directing her post towards Tate, said:
“Thank you Miesha Tate for the opportunity last weekend. Well done.
“What do you say? Let’s do this again. UFC 200 is just around the corner.”
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This is how Saturday night ended but it's not the end for me. I am going to train hard and show that I am better than this. I am down but not out. Thank you @mieshatate for the opportunity last weekend. Well done. What do you say? ….Let's do this again. UFC 200 is just around the corner. @ufc @jacksonwink_mma #ufc #ufc196 #downbutnotout @danawhiteufc #ufc200
Holm has been very gracious in defeat and now seeks a chance to reclaim the belt she won last November in her epic defeat of long-time champion Ronda Rousey.
It seems, however, that things will not be so straightforward in scheduling a Holm-Tate rematch as UFC president Dana White has already come out and said, via Bloody Elbow, that Tate will likely make her first defence against Rousey, a fight that no doubt will have a lot of support from MMA fans and will surely help bolster the pay-per-view figures for the event.
Tate has already lost twice to Rousey in the past so she has some interesting decisions to make. Will she accept the rematch challenge from Holm and look to defend what she earned or will she sit tight and wait for Rousey to return and pick up what will likely be the biggest payday of her career?
UFC 200 is set to take place on July 9 and with McGregor likely to take on José Aldo for the featherweight strap, the event is going to break all kinds of records.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena