UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm has already moved on to her next matchup against Miesha Tate, and she’s no longer concerned whether she faces Ronda Rousey again.Immediately after Holm knocked Rousey out last November, UFC president Dana White all but confirmed that there would be an immediate rematch.
“In my whole boxing career, Laila Ali kind of ended short of what a lot of people thought.
They always used to ask me, ‘What do you think about that?
I think that she should stick around and prove this and prove that.’ Well, if she doesn’t want to fight, I don’t want to watch her fight,” Holm said.
If Rousey opts to retire and never fight again, Holm is also completely at ease with that scenario.
“For me, I want to keep fighting, and if Ronda wants to come back and that’s her passion — great.
If she wants to stay in movies — great,” Holm said Wednesday.“I think that I would rather meet someone in the cage when they’re passionate about it.I don’t want it to be because they feel like they have to or it’s expected or other people are curious about it.It’s Ronda’s life, I want her to do what she wants to do.” Holm says she went through a similar scenario during her boxing career whenever the name Laila Ali was brought up to her.Ali retired undefeated in 2007 when she was only 30 years old, but her exit didn’t come without some questions about some of the competition she never faced during her career.Holm never questioned Ali’s decision to walk away because if she didn’t want to fight, no one should want to watch her anyway — and the same rule applies for Rousey.