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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. @bethecorreia I'll fight you "rookie"— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) August 22, 2015
@mmasarah I'm here, come!— Bethe (@bethecorreia) August 22, 2015
@junior_cigano don't be a DNB.. Sign the contract— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) August 23, 2015
Wow I can't even imagine my ufc division being so weak that after only 2 wins you get a title fight. I'm 4-0 in the ufc and ranked like 38.— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) August 21, 2015
Angela Magana UFC (@AngelaMagana1) August 21, 2015
@joeywerk no I wasn't trashing him. He had a gr8 performance and all credit. It's a he'd sport and maybe he doesn't want to do it.— michael (@bisping) August 24, 2015
Who steps in the octagon, and I wish him all the best. He had a great win.— michael (@bisping) August 24, 2015
Ok I meant maybe he did, maybe he doesn't. Either way, great win.— michael (@bisping) August 24, 2015
Really struggling with this Fox broadcast... #CantLookAway— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) August 24, 2015
Beautiful way to make MMA accessible and mainstream--insult the people who respect their families enough to put them first. Bravo, Bisping— Julie Kedzie (@julesk_fighter) August 24, 2015
Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) August 24, 2015
Lololololol what did Bisping say?— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) August 24, 2015
"The smell test"
Dang Silva lookin soft in this one.— Charlie Brenneman (@SpaniardMMA) August 24, 2015
Silva definitely looks very different physically. Looking sloppy with his technique tonight as well. #UFCSaskatoon— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) August 24, 2015
Someone is off the sauce #justsaying— Truck Gordon (@TruckMMA_UFC) August 24, 2015
It's weird seeing how different some guys bodies have been looking since their last fights— David Michaud (@bulldawgUFC) August 24, 2015
Why do you think that is ????? https://t.co/SLL6tJUX9z— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) August 24, 2015
Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 24, 2015
Holloway vs Oliveira can't suck, it's impossible! #UFCSaskatoon— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) August 24, 2015
Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) August 24, 2015
@NeilMagny probably the most underrated in the division... just saying— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) August 24, 2015
Announced yesterday (Aug. 21-23 2015)
Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm at UFC 195
Claudia Gadelha vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 195
Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos at UFC 194
Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman at UFC on FOX 17
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night: Alves vs. Henderson
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night: Alves vs. Henderson
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Winner By TKO.
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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