If there is one thing we have learned in the past from the likes of Miesha Tate and Bethe Correia it is that you do not — under any circumstances — get under the skin of UFC women’s champion Ronda Rousey.
Rousey is the baddest woman on the planet and she seems to get even more focused for a fight when there is some bad blood.
So, when it was announced that her next challenger would be Holly Holm next January, Holm and her team should have been thanking the heavens that Rousey had nothing but good things to say about her.
“January 2 I’ll be fighting Holly Holm, who’s the most decorated striker we have in all of mixed martial arts. Not the women’s division, not the bantamweight division. [Holm]’s a 19-time boxing champion. Holly Holm was The Ring magazine pound-for-pound Fighter of the Year, and definitely my biggest challenge to date,” Rousey told Good Morning America when she made the announcement.
Well, rather than enjoy those kind words and avoiding poking the beast, Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, decided to throw down the gauntlet and begin talking trash.
“We don’t PLAN on taking Ronda’s belt, we ARE taking her belt,” he told TMZ. “I would like nothing else in the world than for [Ronda] to strike with Holly — Holly is the best striker in the world.
“Holly isn’t Bethe Correia. She’s never seen a fighter like Holly. People don’t realize how much bigger and stronger Holly is than Ronda. She cleaned out the boxing division at 130, 137 and 154.”
Welp, it was nice knowing you.
Everyone understands that you have to play the game and do what you can to hype up a fight, but what you shouldn’t do is give Ronda Rousey extra motivation to knock your head off or take your arm home with her.
Rousey and Holm face off on Jan. 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas. We could be in for another quick finish.
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