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See ya! Holly Holm plans on taking time off after UFC 196

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Everyone deserves a time out.

Fabricio Werdum won the heavyweight title last June, then decided he needed six months to recover. Joining him in the vacation club was light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who packed up his strap and went home because UFC was running him ragged.

Now it's Holly Holm's turn, according to her conversation with MMA Junkie.

"Right now I have a fight, and I have a really busy March and April, and I'm going on a girls trip in April, which is very much needed. Honestly, I would actually really love to not schedule a fight or even think about it until after all that. I went straight from the victory tour to the on-sale tour for this fight, which is how I like it. I want to be active. But I could use maybe like six weeks. I still like to work out, but (I want) six weeks with not having to actually think about a fight. Then we can schedule one. I don't really need that much time off because then I start to think, ‘Well, what's my purpose? What's next? Let's go.'"

She may get even longer than that.

But that all depends on whether or not she can defeat Miesha Tate -- and hold on to her bantamweight title -- at the upcoming UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place this Sat. night (March 5, 2016) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That's because Ronda Rousey will not be ready to return by UFC 200 and "Rowdy" is already penciled in to fight the winner of Holm vs. Tate. I doubt the promotion would risk that blockbuster payday to schedule Holm vs. Cat Zingano or some other top contender between now and then.

Unless, of course, this happens.