Rousey to face Holly Holm at UFC 195, Arlowski on title shot and making more money
- Contrary to reports of Ronda Rousey facing Meisha Tate for her next title defence, she will be putting her title on the line against another undefeated bantamweight mixed martial artist.
Rousey (12-0) made an announcement yesterday that she would be facing undefeated MMA fighter and former professional boxing standout Holly Holm (9-0) in her seventh consecutive title defence, that is to take place on Jan. 2, 2016.
Rousey who last dispatched Beth Correia in the first round in Rio De Janeiro had this to say on her upcoming title defence:
“She's the most decorated striker in all of MMA. Definitely my biggest challenge to date. I can take anybody. I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there ... with Holly Holm she's the type ready to go 12 boxing rounds. She's the best striker I ever fought”.
Holm has said in the past that she wasn’t impressed with her UfC wins and is in no hurry for a crack at the title. Holly “The Preacher's Daughter” Holm’s two UFC victories were against Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau which were both decisions.
Meisha Tate was originally going to go up against Rousey for the third time after her improved showing against Jessica Eye at UFC on Fox 16, it seems is going to have to wait.
- In other news, Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski had interesting thigs to say when asked about him not getting a title shot against Werdum after consistently good showings.
"I wasn't upset. For me, it's more important right now to fight as often as possible. I need to pay bills, I need to support my family. It's not necessary to have the next fight for the title. Of course, it would be great. But, I have to fight another dangerous fighter right now -- Frank Mir. I'm very excited about it, and I'm ready to go." says Arlovski.
I was kind of surprised. I had hoped I might fight somewhere around the end of September or middle of October. Right after my fight against Travis Browne, I took a couple weeks off. Then I came back to the gym and did some cardio stuff and lifted some weights. I started the camp in good shape, so I'm very happy about that." he added.
Although he says he wanted a crack at the title, he doesn’t mind waiting and his next fight would be against submission specialist Frank Mir at UFC 191 on Sept. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mir is known to tap out the best and Arlovski is wary of his striking too after Mir knocked two of his last opponents out. But Arlovski is confident about his stand game and the bout would be a great spectacle against two Former heavyweight champions.