UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm wants to re-enter the octagon as soon as possible, but she reportedly has seven million reasons to wait for her expected rematch with former titleholder Ronda Rousey in July.
UFC analyst and announcer Joe Rogan revealed Holm’s potential payday during his podcast, according to the New York Post.
“Financially, the Holly Holm fight with Ronda is the biggest fight for Holly Holm. Holly Holm’s going to make like $7 million,” Rogan said. “She doesn’t want to wait, she wants to stay active and I totally understand that, and I think it should be her prerogative as a champion to choose. But financially that’s the smart move for her because she’s going to make the most money.”
Rogan’s revelation comes on the heels of Holm’s comments during a question-and-answer session at the MGM Grand on Friday, when she stated her preference on defending her title before facing Rousey at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. Holm’s specifically has an issue with taking eight months off between bouts.
"That seems like a long time," Holm said according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Maybe that will be two fights from now. I don't know."
Holm furthered her stance and said she’d like to fight four times a year, but also backtracked.
"I've never picked a fight in my life. I've never said, 'This is the opponent I want.' Even before the Ronda fight everyone said it was too soon for me, but it's not one I picked,” Holm said. “I always say whatever opportunity is in front of me, I'm going to make the most of it and that's why I'm standing here today. Whatever they bring to me. But I'd like to fight sooner rather than later. I don't want to sit on the side. We'll see what happens."
However, UFC president Dana White also told The Review-Journal that Holm’s next bout will be against Rousey and that he’s currently solidifying plans for UFC 200.
The potential payday, which would stand as the biggest purse of her career, likely gives Holm reason enough to wait for Rousey, who required plastic surgery to her lip after Holm knocked her out with a kick to the head in the second-round last month.
The long layover between fights figures to help Rousey, but Rogan also talked about the 28-year-old star’s obligations outside of mixed-martial-arts. Rousey’s scheduled to film two moves in 2016, both of which would require time away from training and could derail Rousey’s chances of climbing back to UFC’s peak.
“Isn’t that a problem now, too, because if she’s prepping for the rematch, isn’t she about to go do that ‘Road House’ movie?” Rogan said. “Movies are hard to sell when you’re a badass when the world knows in your last fight you got flatlined.”