Dana White Feels Bad For Holly Holm, Says Manager’s Error Cost Her a Big Payday
Holly Holm was expected to be the next big attraction in the UFC women’s bantamweight division after she beat Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 back in November. A rematch with the former undefeated champion would have likely netted her a multi-million dollar payday, but rather than wait around for Rousey, Holm and her management team opted to go ahead and defend the title against Miesha Tate at UFC 196.
And as we all know by now, Tate was able to pull off the upset victory with a rear-naked choke late in round 5, stealing Holm’s belt and leaving the former champ wondering what’s next.
According to UFC President Dana White, Holm’s decision to take the Tate fight instead of waiting patiently for her Rousey rematch may have cost her millions of dollars, and as far as he’s concerned, it’s all her manager’s fault.
“The sad part about that is, listen, he’s an old boxing guy who thinks he’s smart, and he’s not,” White said during an appearance on ESPN’s Russillo & Kanell. “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.”
Obviously Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, disagrees with Dana White’s analysis, claiming that Holm was well aware of the risk she was taking by fighting Tate. He also suggested that this won’t be the last we see of his client:
“Of course, she knows,” Fresquez said. “It was a team decision, and Holly is the boss. She wanted to fight, and she got her wish. I think she’ll fight Miesha or Ronda next. That’s my personal feeling, but who knows what the UFC has cooking? Holly was dominant in that fight against Miesha except for the second and fifth round. She paid for it. Hat’s off to Miesha for capitalizing.
“What happens next is the UFC’s decision. All I can speak to are Holly’s wishes. Holly wants to fight Miesha right away. She wants to fight Ronda Rousey. Even with the title, a fight between Miesha and Rousey doesn’t have the glamour a fight with Holly and Ronda does. Yeah, Holly lost. She made a mistake, but she’ll learn from it. Everyone saw she’s a warrior.”
Fresquez has already screwed up once, according to Dana White. For the sake of Holly Holm’s career, let’s hope he’s got it right this time around.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]
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