Much to the chagrin of Ronda Rousey's nemesis, "Rowdy" has been booked to face another women's bantamweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). One hint: They both possess zeroes in the loss column.
Rousey (12-0) made waves earlier this morning (Fri., Aug., 21, 2015) on ABC's Good Morning America by announcing that her seventh consecutive UFC title defense would come against undefeated MMA fighter and former professional boxing standout Holly Holm (9-0) on Jan. 2, 2016, presumably in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 28-year-old 135-pound champion and Hollywood star on her future bout with "The Preacher's Daughter":
She's the most decorated striker in all of MMA. Definitely my biggest challenge to date. I can take anybody. I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there ... with Holly Holm she's the type ready to go 12 boxing rounds. She's the best striker I ever fought.
Cover your ears, Miesha.
The decision to slot Rousey opposite Holm, who has said multiple times in the past that she's not impressed with her UFC wins, is questionable because the latter is in no hurry to scrap with the Glendale Fight Club product.
Rousey's latest Octagon venture took place in Rio deo Janeiro, Brazil at the UFC 190 pay-per-view earlier this month where she shellacked Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds. In contrast, Holm's two UFC victories, against Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau, were both decisions.
And let's not forget about "Cupcake," who appeared to be next in-line for a third crack at Rousey, after showing off her improved hands at the expense of Jessica Eye (highlights here) at UFC on FOX 16 back in July.
Maybe it was in the former Strikeforce bantamweight champion's best interest that she didn't get her second UFC title shot.
Seems like Tate isn't the only fighter being passed over these days. Stay with MMAmania for continued reaction to the Rousey and Holm title fight announcement.