“I need to come back. I need to beat this chick.”

Those were the word former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey used in her interview with ESPN the Magazine when describing her desire to rematch Holly Holm, the woman who dethroned with a vicious headkick in November.

With UFC President Dana White had already confirmed the promotions intent on booking the immeidate rematch at UFC 200, fans were just waiting on word from the ‘Rowdy’ on where and when the bout would take place.

But with Rousey revealing it may be months she could eat an apple, let alone train, these plans may be put on hold for awhile.

So with no the rematch no longer a foregone conclusion, Holm’s manger proposed a matchup with former two-time title contender Miesha Tate

“I’m not sure Ronda will be ready for a July fight,” Fresquez to  Lance Pugmire of the LA Times. “She took a severe beating, and I don’t think it’s in her best interest to take the next fight so fast. They told me she’s been ready and cleared.

“Holly’s used to staying active. “We’re from the old school, and we believe the No. 1 contender is there for a reason. … [Tate] deserves a shot, but it’s not for me to decide.”

Tate (17-5), also a former Strikeforce champion, is currently riding a four fight win streak inside the Octagon. In her most recent bout, ‘Cupcake walked away with a dominant decision over Jessica Eye in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 17 in July. Following this victory, it was widely believed Tate had done enough to warrant a third shot at Rousey, who had defeated Tate by submission in both of their title fights.

But now it seems Tate might finally get her chance after all. After all, she’s already seems up to the challenge.

“We’d like to fight Miesha,” said Fresquez. “We understand there are risks, but Holly’s a dominant champion, and she wants to fight the best. Right now, Miesha is the best.”

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