Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ringside commentator -- and incredibly interesting mixed martial arts (MMA) personality -- Joe Rogan, has never shied away from giving his own opinion on matters concerning his employer.
Recently, Rogan took aim at UFC President Dana White's staunch position on having women's Bantamweight champion Holly Holm sit out eight months until the formerly unbeaten Ronda Rousey is ready to dust off the gloves and step into the Octagon at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016, following her UFC 193 upset knockout loss (video) back in November.
From his official podcast (transcribed by MMA Fighting):
"If Ronda's going to be out for this long amount of time, why rush her? You're talking about July? We're in December. Seven months. She just said in an interview that she's not going to be able to eat an apple for six months. Forget about taking impact. How is that going to happen in July and have her be at her optimum? When Ronda's ready to come back and she's 100 percent healed and healthy and has made some corrections, really worked on fixing whatever holes were exposed in her game, then you have this monumental super fight. If Miesha wins then you've got a crazy fucking love triangle. I think the long game is if Holly gets even better, if she gets even more recognition and Ronda fully heals up. You also give Miesha a chance to take that title. You run a risk, but I think even if Tate beats Holly and [Holm and Rousey] have a five-round, non-title fight while Miesha's got the strap, that shit would still be bananas. Gigantic. Everybody makes money. You get more high-level, marquee match ups."
Rogan makes a good point. And while he's not necessarily stating that a possible Holm title defense needs to happen against former Strikeforce Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate prior to Rousey being given a clear bill of health, he does feel it could create a more compelling crop of tussles down the road.
As it stands, "Rowdy's" gums are still reeling from the kick heard around the world and she also has those Tinseltown obligations to fulfill still, so it remains to be seen whether the dominant former champion can return to top form in that timeframe.
Is there a fight that makes most sense to you?