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Morning Report: Joe Rogan supports Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate, wants to see Ronda Rousey fully recover

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UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm wants to keep active, but the promotion has other plans.

Holm KO'd former champ Ronda Rousey Nov. 15 at UFC 193, but UFC president Dana White plans to keep her shelved for a rematch targeted for July 9 at UFC 200 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez pitched Holm making her first title defense to Miesha Tate in the meantime, but White sarcastically shot that idea down Tuesday.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan understands White's motivation for keeping Holm on the sidelines, but he doesn't have to like it.

"If Ronda's going to be out for this long amount of time, why rush her?" Rogan said Thursday on his podcast. "You're talking about July? We're in December. Seven months. She just said in an interview that she's not going to be able to eat an apple for six months. Forget about taking impact. How is that going to happen in July and have her be at her optimum?"

Rogan would much prefer seeing Rousey take her time re-tooling her game, allowing Holm to become an even bigger star while building to an eventual rematch.

"I haven't talked to anybody, but this is my personal opinion," said Rogan. "Holly Holm could be a f***ing monster. She could be a monster on the level of any champion in combat sports, any in the UFC. If Holm goes on to dominate the way Ronda dominated and she gets in there and knocks out 'fill in the blank' and head kicks her into oblivion everyone will be like, 'Holy s**t we've got a new one!' Ronda didn't become Ronda immediately. She did it over a series of spectacular victories. If Holm strings a few of those together you've got another gigantic dynamo.

"Then, when Ronda's ready to come back and she's 100 percent healed and healthy and has made some corrections, really worked on fixing whatever holes were exposed in her game, then you have this monumental super fight. If Miesha wins then you've got a crazy f***ing love triangle."

Rogan believes this strategy would only help to build more dynamic stars, rather than cannibalize them for a short-term gain.

"I think the long game is if Holly gets even better, if she gets even more recognition and Ronda fully heals up. You also give Miesha a chance to take that title. You run a risk, but I think even if Tate beats Holly and [Holm and Rousey] have a five-round, non-title fight while Miesha's got the strap, that s**t would still be bananas. Gigantic.

"Everybody makes money. You get more high-level, marquee matchups."

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