UFC President Dana White wasn’t really a fan of Holly Holm versus Miesha Tate because originally, he wanted to Holm to wait for Ronda Rousey’s return and then book the two for an immediate rematch. But when it was clear that Rousey needed more time off ( which White granted ), Holm and her team insisted on staying active and agreed to take a fight with Miesha Tate to keep herself busy. Now that Holm lost her UFC Women’s Bantamweight title, White is in a “I-told-you-so” mode.
Speaking to ESPN’s “Russillo and Kannell”, White took aim at Holm’s manager Lenny Fresquez:
“The sad part about that is, listen, he’s an old boxing guy who thinks he’s smart, and he’s not. 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. I think she has so much faith in the people that surround her, she feels like, ‘Well, they got me this far.’
“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.”
Dana White, Holly Holm may not have an idea of what she lost ( financially, I think that’s whats always on your mind ) but she definitely knew what she was doing. She said so herself during an appearance at MMA hour back in January:
“I just don’t want to wait around for things if they’re not set in stone. A lot of people have been talking about the rematch, but nobody really knows for sure. I haven’t really heard if she really wants it yet or not or if she’s occupied with some other things right now. I think that’s the hardest part for me. … I don’t want to wait around for something that may not happen. I want to be able to fight soon. I like being active, because I love the sport.”
There’s a difference between loving the sport, loving the sport plus money that goes with it and loving money alone. Holly Holm is the perfect example of the first. Conor McGregor is the best example of the next and Dana White, you are the ultimate example of the last one.
Look, we can understand your point of view because you are an executive, not a fighter. Your goal isn’t to win world titles in different weight classes, rather it’s to make all the money to pay the fighters. Without business, there will be no sport. That is a given. But if you really wanted the fighters to make good money, why then Reebok?
Going back to Holly Holm, wasn’t she up on the scorecards when Miesha Tate risked it to get the biscuit?
Shit happens Dana White, like Conor’s defeat to Nate Diaz whom you said trained for s triathlon but wasn’t:
Lying to hype a fight is okay but Holly Holm wanting a ‘stay-busy’ fight isn’t? Nice.
Let’s admit it. Dana White has done an incredible job of taking the UFC to where it is now, both as a sport and as a business. It won’t be what it is today without him. But it’s not all about him and the Fertittas. It’s also about the fans that pay to watch the fights. Having said that, which MMA fan did not love every minute of Holm versus Tate last Saturday night? It was just as feel good as the main event.
So Dana please, don’t feel bad about Holly Holm. She lost a fight, every ‘real’ fighter does. If you can be proud of Conor McGregor taking his quick tap out loss like a man, be prouder of Holly Holm who refused to tap out even when she was passing out. That’s the mark of a fighter an a true champion. It’s not always all about the money and fame. It’s a fighting sport and Holly is a genuine fighter who doesn’t make MMA her part-time career.
Holm may have lost her belt last Saturday, but she didn’t lose the respect and admiration of the fans. Don’t feel bad for her, she will be alright. Maybe it’s Holly and the rest of us who should feel bad for you because your dream rematch won’t be happening. And weren’t you were so bitter to immediately say that she won’t be getting an immediate rematch by ‘booking’ Rousey vs Tate 3? We’d still watch the fight, that’s just as good. But please, leave Holly and her team out of your obsession with Ronda Rousey.