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Morning Report: Preferring Amanda Nunes, Joe Rogan blames Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm booking on 'lack of talent'

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If you're not a fan of Holly Holm being next for Ronda Rousey, you're not alone.

The UFC women's bantamweight champ announced her next booking Friday on Good Morning America, selling Holm as the toughest test of her career.

"I'll be fighting Holly Holm, who is actually the most decorated striker we have in all of mixed martial arts," Rousey said. "Not the women's division. Not the bantamweight division. Like, 19X boxing world champion Holly Holm. The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound fighter of the year. Definitely my biggest challenge to date."

Well, UFC commentator Joe Rogan isn't buying it.

"I don't agree with that fight," Rogan said Sunday on his podcast. "That Holly Holm fight. I don't think that's smart. I would have gone with Amanda Nunes before Holly Holm. Amanda Nunes looked like a badass when she knocked out Sara McMann. That's a more dangerous fighter. A more marketable fighter. [Holm] is only the best boxer in the world if Ann Wolf decides not to box."

Rogan didn't rule out Holm's chances against Rousey completely, but it's clear he isn't betting on the field to beat the champ.

"Yea, I don't know," said Rogan. "The Holly Holm fight is not as intriguing to me as Amanda Nunes would be. [Holm's] big issue is the grappling. Who knows, though? You never know. Maybe Holly, because her standup is so much more refined, she's been doing it for so much longer, maybe she can keep Ronda away from her. I'm serious. I just think, honestly, the real problem is that there's a lack of talent."

"Ronda's going to have to do things now. She'll have to do a judo match during the day and then have an MMA fight. Remember when Roy Jones Jr. would play basketball? He played basketball the day of a world title defense. The day of."

Rogan went back to the classic Mike Tyson comparison for Rousey, but wasn't quite as complimentary of her division.

"Bruce Seldon was a legit, world-class heavyweight," said Rogan. "[Tyson's competition] were really good fighters. The real problem with those guys is that they were fighting Tyson. The real problem with Ronda is that Ronda is like a Mike Tyson. She's the elite of the elite. Those girls? No. They're good. She's great. They're amongst the best.

"I think Amanda Nunes has real potential. If you look at Claudia Gadelha, she's world-class. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, world-class. There's a few. Cris Cyborg, steroids or no steroids, take away the controversy, go by her performances, ferocious. That's four. There's four of them."

Rousey defends her bantamweight title to Holm Jan. 2 in the main event at UFC 195 in Las Vegas, Nevada.



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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Winner By TKO.

Why Rousey vs. Holm Is Far More Than Just a Miesha Tate Snub - It's Symptomatic of a Bigger Problem

December 29th, 2013. 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey awakes. She basks in the glory of beating her bitter rival for the second time and has a chuckle to herself about how many chicken wings she ingested while celebrating with her team last night. Miesha 'Cupcake' Tate awakes. Bitterly disappointed and dejected; but she at least had a couple of small moral victories in taking the champion further than anyone ever has, and in getting some vociferous support from large sections of the Las Vegas UFC 168 crowd. And hey, at least she won't have to deal with her arch-nemesis and her team for a while: filming a reality show for 6 weeks followed by promoting a huge title fight alongside her must have been taxing.


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