The one hold up for Holm appears to be the money on the table as the camp already admitted turning down the UFC’s initial offer.
Now coming off of her latest victory (See video here), her manager, Lenny Fresquez spoke up to sherdog.com explaining what they expect from the world’s largest MMA promotion.
“Holly started her career about ten years ago with me,” said Fresquez. “She lost her first fight with me – it was a technical knockout… But I’ve always stood behind my fighters. Holly’s just the one that took every advantage of the opportunities that we’ve laid in front of her.”
“We developed her in boxing, first ten fights. Then after her first ten fights, we pretty much put her with anybody that would fight her. And as you know, she’s fought the who’s who of women’s boxing. And we’re just trying to do the same thing in MMA.
“She’s a special fighter, and people got to understand that from the boxing world. I’ve had conversations with the UFC, with (UFC women’s matchmaker) Sean Shelby – very nice guy. We’re just on different pages with the UFC. There’s no doubt we want we want to go to the UFC, at the right time. But right now the UFC’s in a different league. The UFC doesn’t have but maybe five girls that could really give Holly competition.
“Se we’re just waiting for the UFC to give Holly the right opportunity, because we want a title fight. We want to fight the best UFC fighter.”
“We’re looking for six figures,” he replied. “And there’s not too many fighters that make six figures. Right now Holly earns probably more than 80% of the male fighters in the UFC, and probably earns more than 98 of the female fighters.”
“We’d like to work with them, I don’t want to be disrespectful to the UFC. But they also have to understand. They’ve bought Strikeforece, they’ve bought all these different ones. Holly’s a franchise, as you can see. She’s not just your normal fighter. She’s more of a franchise, a key marquee. And to be honest with you, I think she’d represent the face of the UFC better than Ronda Rousey.
“She’s a classy person, not that Ronda’s not a classy person. I think she’d make a beautiful (face of WMMA).
(Transcript via MMA.tv)