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Morning Report: Dana White responds to Holly Holm's team, insists she'll wait for fight with Ronda Rousey

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More bad news for Miesha Tate.

After flying out to meet with UFC officials Monday to discuss her next bout, Holly Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez stated an interest in having the women's bantamweight champion make her first title defense to Miesha Tate.

Fresquez was concerned about Ronda Rousey's availability, doubtful she'd even be ready for a targeted bout at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas.

Fresquez also made it clear Holm wanted to get back into the Octagon as soon as February rather than wait for Rousey. Holm stopped Rousey with a vicious head kick during the second round of their main event Nov. 15 at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. Understandably, the 34-year-old champion isn't interested in an eight-month layoff.

Well, it sounds like Lenny came a long way for nothing.

Responding to Fresquez's comments, UFC President Dana White told Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times that "it's Rousey" next for Holm.

"We're real concerned with his opinion," White said "in a sarcastic tone."

Claiming to be in contact with Rousey "seven times a day" since the loss, White says he doesn't have concerns over her ability to rebound against Holm.

"Ronda is the fiercest competitor I have ever met in my life and she's also very proud," White said. "What made the world love Ronda is that Ronda absolutely 100% knew she was not going to lose. People rallied around this powerful female figure."

Parroting what Rousey recently told ESPN, White described the moment the former champ found herself in deep waters for the first time in her UFC career.

"Ronda's never lost a fight," said White. "She will overcome it and be back. She got clipped, stayed in there and tried to fight through it. She told me she was in there, she was rocked, and she'd never been rocked like that before. And the things that were going on in her head - what she was doing - she'd never been in that situation."

Presumably headlined by Holm and Rousey, UFC 200 is targeted for July 9 at the new Las Vegas Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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