Following Holly Holm‘s loss to Miesha Tate at UFC 194, Dana White was critical of her management, expressing the thought she missed out on a lot of money not waiting for a rematch with Ronda Rousey. Holm though spoke on the MMA Hour and clarified the story, stating that it was her that wanted to fight:
“All that is false,” Holm said during an interview on The MMA Hour. “I’ve always said I wanted to fight and there still has been no for sure time that Ronda’s going to be back. So they said there’s all this money coming in for that fight, but what if that fight doesn’t even happen? Then what are you waiting for? Nothing.
“You only make money off that fight if it’s actually going to happen, and I don’t know what’s going to happen. Number one, I don’t fight for money. I only fight because I’m passionate about it, and so if we didn’t know if she’d be back right away, we thought well, let’s get another fight going.”
BJ Penn has been retired from mixed martial arts since 2014, but recently decided to make a return. And in doing so, has chosen famed coach Greg Jackson to coach him through his first fight camp. Jackson recently spoke to MMAJunkie about Penn and what his thought’s on the fighter’s ability to compete at the highest level of the sport again:
He’s really starting to look really good,” Jackson told MMAjunkie. “It’s starting to click with him. Good sparring. More of the same. Just pushing forward.”
Penn (16-10-2 MMA, 12-9-2 UFC) was targeted to meet Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC) earlier this month at UFC 196, and then at UFC 197 before the promotion tabled his comeback due to allegations from a former employee of his website. UFC officials and Penn’s rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his current status.
Jackson believes Penn remains in a holding pattern, and he continues to work with the 37-year-old ex-champ at Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, N.M.
“We’re trying to work on his technique, so every day, we can get a little bit better,” the coach said. “His numbers are looking good, and I think he’s got a few good years left in him.”