Miesha Tate is scheduled to put her UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on the line against Amanda Nunes at UFC 200 in what is expected to be one of the best UFC events in the promotion's history.
However, this leaves Holly Holm out in the cold, as she was expected to have her rematch for the title she lost to Tate in the fifth round of their clash via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 196 in March earlier this year.
The Preacher's Daughter was never supposed to defend the title against Cupcake at UFC 196, she was instead going to wait for Ronda Rousey to return - who she defeated for the title with a second-round knockout at UFC 193 back in November last year - and have a rematch with her.
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UFC still wanted Rousey to have a match against Tate for the title upon her return, as it would be the third clash against the two rivals. However, when it was revealed Tate wanted to fight before the end of the year, and Rowdy wouldn't be ready for UFC 200, they booked her to defend her title against Nunes instead.
So this leaves the door open for Holm vs Rousey II, and The Preacher's Daughter told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour that she would not be surprised if she wasn't booked for another fight until later this year when Rousey is able to return.
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"It's very possible," Holm said. "I don't know what their real thinking is, but they're obviously a successful business for a reason. They're a successful promotion. They usually have their reasons behind everything.
If Cupcake beats the Lioness of the Ring, Holm could ask for her rematch then for later this year, which is when Tate is likely going to be ready to fight once more. However, she says she will be ready to fight either Tate or Rousey.
"I'll be ready either way. If I rematch with Ronda, I'm gonna train my butt off. If I rematch with Tate, I'm gonna train my butt off. If they give me one of the other top girls in the meantime, I'm gonna train my butt off.
"I feel like at this point, not having the rematch, which is what I really wanted, I kind of just changed my train of thought to just be open to whatever. I don't want to be so focused on that that if something else comes my way that I don't take advantage of the opportunity."
We'll have to wait and see what the outcome of Tate vs Nunes is at UFC 200 because it could determine if we will see Holm vs Rousey later this year.
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