Everybody thought it was a done deal that Ronda Rousey would face Miesha Tate next for the UFC women's bantamweight title.
"Cupcake" thought it was a done deal, too. After all, UFC president Dana White said as much himself and we've never known him to change his mind before. It's never happened. Ever.
But that was then and this is now.
White told the Los Angeles Times on Friday (Aug. 21, 2015) that Holly Holm was chosen as Ronda Rousey's next opponent because she's already fought and dominated Tate twice already.
"We were talking about Miesha from the start, then as we started sitting around we were saying, ‘Everyone has seen the Miesha fight already.' A third fight in a rivalry usually comes after the stuff we'd see in [Arturo] Gatti-[Micky] Ward. With Miesha, the result has been the same twice. Everyone's already seen that fight."
Ouch. But, honestly, it's nice to see I'm not crazy and that somebody else agrees.
Rousey is now slated to defend her UFC women's bantamweight title against Holm in the main event of UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas. Tate's manager Josh Jones told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani that he was "absolutely shocked" and "very disappointed" to learn the four fight winning streak was not enough to earn the shot.
But White has an explanation for that, too.
"Theres two sides to the coin. I'm not sure losing another fight to Ronda so soon would be good for Miesha. She's not going anywhere. I think she'll be fine."
I suppose we know who White is picking for that trilogy, if and when it finally happens. In the meantime, perhaps there's another fight in the cards for "Cupcake"?