When I was a child my mother always told me I had to wait for dessert until I had finished my meal. I always hated it, but as I grew older I started to understand why she made me do this. To get the most enjoyment out of a meal you have to follow the proper steps.
The same goes for the UFC and Holly Holm. However with them, it’s not about enjoying a meal, it’s about making boatloads of money.
Holly Holm is scheduled to fight Miesha “Cupcake” Tate on March 7th at the MGM Grand at UFC 197.
“It’s absolutely a challenge. The way that I’ve taken my whole career is to make sure and take the challenges ahead of me and the reason I’m sitting here with the belt is because I took the challenge ahead of me when they said Ronda was next. This is the opportunity that is next and I don’t want to run from it,” said Holm at today’s press conference.
But is the challenge really necessary, or even worth it for Holly Holm and the UFC? Should she have run from it?
The next mega fight in women’s fighting is Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey II, not Holm vs. Tate. This fight isn’t even headlining its own pay-per-view card, instead it’s tacked on as a co-main event with the UFC’s biggest star Conor McGregor.
It’s a cheap dessert before the full meal. A feeble attempt to make a few extra bucks while waiting for Rousey to recover rather than doing the right thing and being patient. The UFC, Holm, and Rousey stand to make big time money when they square off in a rematch of the promotions biggest upset ever. However, a match between Holm and Tate puts that fight in jeopardy.
What if the +260 underdog Miesha Tate comes through? And even worse, what if Tate wins impressively showing major holes in the new champ’s game?
“I want to feel like I’m up against the best because that’s what brings out the best in me,” said Holm.
There’s no question it’s an intriguing fight, but for the wrong reason. Miesha Tate’s career was stalled by her inability to solve Ronda Rousey. Rousey was taken off her perch by the incredible boxing ability of Holly Holm. If Holm’s kryptonite is Tate’s wrestling, the UFC will have created a triangle that takes the luster out of all three.
This fight will cash in for all parties involved, but it’s pennies on the dollar compared to the rematch between Holm and Rousey.
Rousey/Holm II is a big steak dinner. Holm/Tate is a post meal cupcake (pun intended). Let’s hope for everybody’s sake, the Cupcake doesn’t spoil the UFC’s appetite.