Why Ronda Rousey Won’t Fight Holly Holm in July
The UFC’s biggest star Ronda Rousey isn’t going to be fighting rival Holly Holm any time soon.
The reason is because Rousey, who lost to Holm at in November at UFC 193, has a different schedule, according to UFC president Dana White.
In an interview with Yahoo Sports, White said that Rousey is focusing on her film career which would lead to little time to prepare for the fight. That’s why she wants to delay when she returns to fighting and her widely anticipated rematch against Holm. Rousey is filming a remake of Roadhouse, which reportedly had its filming dates pushed back. The rematch was scheduled for UFC 200 in July.
“She could do both, but the question is, should she do both?” White said in an interview with Yahoo. “The filming is in a time frame where she’d finish before 200, but it would be cutting it too close.”
White added that he isn’t sure when Rousey plans to return to fighting. “The way I look at this one is, Ronda has worked her ass off for us for the last three years,” he said. “She’s been fighting, promoting and building the sport. If anyone deserves the time off, it’s her. The night [of UFC 193], Holly said she’d do the rematch and that Ronda deserved it and everything else. So we were holding it for her if she wanted to do it.”
Rousey is also set to host Saturday Night Live on Jan. 23.
Rousey was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 franchise in September. In August, Fortune examined how much Rousey made in the cage in just 34 seconds when she knocked out Brazilian opponent Bethe Correia.