Holm v Tate for UFC 196 was booked anyway. White is not necessarily happy about it.
White said Thursday on The Jim Rome Show “I’ll tell you this, to be brutally honest with you, as a fan, I love her attitude and I love that. As the business side, I absolutely hate it,” . “Holly vs. Ronda is the biggest fight in UFC history, without a doubt. I think this thing does close to two million buys, and she’s going in Saturday night against Miesha Tate, who A., is hungry and wants that belt so bad, and B., stylistically matches up very well to give her a tough night. So it’s going to be interesting.”
Holm wanted Tate from the beginning but it couldn’t become a reality until Rousey’s return to fighting had to be delayed until later in 2016 due to the injuries she suffered at the hands and leg of Holm as well as Ronda’s filming schedule.
“That women is so competitive, and truly believed that she would never lose, and that’s what we all loved about Ronda Rousey,” White said. “That’s what got everybody so into women’s MMA and behind her, and then, when she lost, I mean, she went into a depression like I’ve never seen before.
“This is a person that I’m very close to and know very well, and yeah, it was tough to see her go through that, but she’s 100-percent bounced back, recovered and is getting ready to come back in either October or November.”