With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight champion, Holly Holm, pining for a quick turnaround -- and former 135-pound queenpin Ronda Rousey quoting Shakespeare and hosting "Saturday Night Live" -- company president Dana White tonight finally caved on delaying the richest rematch possible.
White was a guest on "UFC Tonight" earlier this evening, stating that Holm would defend her newly-won belt at least once before locking horns with "Rowdy" once again. No opponent for Holm was announced, but that news is expected to break sooner rather than later, with No. 2 seed Miesha Tate seemingly leading the pack of contenders (read more on that here).
Holm shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) universe and mainstream media alike, crushing Rousey at UFC 193 two months ago via devastating headkick knockout (watch it again here). The loss was so lopsided -- and tragic -- that few expected Rousey to be able to regroup, plug holes and truly be ready, all the while juggling her insane schedule outside the Octagon.
Then again, perhaps eight months is all she needs to get right, which would put her on track to participate on the historic UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event that is scheduled for July 9, 2016 (more details here). Regardless, White assured fans that Rousey would return to action sometime this year, he just isn't exactly sure when and where.
Dana: You'll see @RondaRousey fight again. She’s dedicated the last 3+ years to working hard fighting + promoting…she will fight this year."— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) January 6, 2016
If anyone deserves a break, it is certainly Rousey.
Meanwhile, Holm, 34, can remain active and stay sharp rather than holding the belt hostage. After all, a champion should not wait for challengers, especially if he or she is willing and able to compete. The Rousey rematch will always be there, and when it happens, it will be monstrous.