Pride would cause Ronda Rousey to take a rematch with Holly Holm right away. Pride also got her an Olympic medal and allowed her to achieve a mega-stardom heretofore unseen in the UFC in a matter of just two-and-a-half years. For two-and-a-half years and six fights Rousey held the UFC women’s bantamweight crown and starred in multiple movies, wrote books, held charity events and trained as a professional athlete. Just let that sink in for a moment.
Pride works both ways. It can help you achieve success against impossible odds and it can also get you knocked out flat on your face. Ronda’s actual nemesis, Miesha Tate, was a guest on MMAJunkie Radio this week and told the guys she thought an immediate rematch for Rousey against Holm is a bad idea.
“I’m not a fan of the rematch in that amount of time, because with everything else that Ronda has going on, plus her injuries, I just don’t think it’s going to amount to a good outcome,” Tate said. … “It wasn’t a competitive fight, and Holly has the perfect style to beat Ronda. Holly’s already back in the gym training; she had no injuries from the fight. She knows she’s fighting Ronda next, but she gets this whole time to fix maybe even the little things she wanted to improve on in the fight. She’s going to be even more prepared, and I don’t know if it’s a smart move, because Ronda might go 0-2.”
We also felt an immediate rematch would be a mistake. But what the fuck do we know.
What could Rousey possibly learn in 6-12 months that would make the outcome in a Holm rematch any different? Let us know in the comments section below, but first here’s a look back in speedy fashion of what went down at UFC 193.