A “superfight” between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey just got one step closer to becoming a reality. ZUFFA executives and Holm’s representatives are in preliminary talks to bring ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ to the UFC.
Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s manager, confirmed the meeting with MMAJunkie.com and revealed that their prerogative is to make sure Holm is paid accordingly. “Offers went back and forth,” Fresquez said. “We already had guidelines of what we were going to agree on and what we weren’t going to agree on. We’re still a little ways (apart) and there’s still a couple of items. We’re very excited about getting Holly into the UFC. It’s just my job to put Holly in the right hands.”
The Invicta FC bantamweight still has two fights remaining in her contract, which contains an out clause should she decide to leave. Holm faces Juliana Werner at next month’s Invicta FC 30 with the promotion’s inaugural women’s bantamweight title on the line. If Holm wins, we may see a champion versus champion bout if she is to face Rousey.
Despite Dana White’s downplaying of comments Joe Rogan made, speculation persists that Rousey will fight either Gina Carano or Cat Zingano this summer. Fresquez, however, doesn’t believe that either could contend for her women’s bantamweight title.
“I asked them, ‘Who’s Ronda going to fight?’” he said. “They said, ‘She could fight ‘Cyborg’ or fight Gina Carano.’ Those were the couple of other options that they were looking at. But I also know ‘Cyborg’ can’t make 135 pounds, and Gina can’t make 135 pounds, so I know those fights can’t be made for the UFC title.”
With other UFC champions already booked until Memorial Day weekend, Rousey will likely headline the Fourth of July event. Of course, Holm would have to face a final Invicta FC opponent before she commits to the card.
Stay tuned to Scifighting.com for updates on negotiations between Holm and the UFC.