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Holly Holm’s first UFC title defense won’t be against Ronda Rousey

UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm answers questions

UFC women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm answers questions from the media during ultimate media day at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Photo Credit: Mario Gonzalez

LOS ANGELES — UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm will take another fight before her much-anticipated rematch with Ronda Rousey.

UFC President Dana White announced the plan Wednesday night on Fox Sports 1, the UFC’s corporate broadcast partner.

“Holly Holm will fight before she fights Ronda again,” White said.

Holm (10-0) beat Rousey at UFC 193 in November for one of the biggest upsets in recent sports history.

Holm also agreed to a recent contract extension with the UFC.

Holm was reluctant to wait until Rousey finished filming two movies this year before their presumed rematch, which was expected to be at UFC 200 in Las Vegas in July.

The UFC apparently hears Holm’s concerns, so White says the Albuquerque-based champion will get another fight in the interim, likely pushing back the date of her rematch with Rousey.

White didn’t announce a date or opponent for Holm, but former title contender Miesha Tate is the most logical choice.

“You will see Ronda Rousey fight again,” White said. “She’s dedicated the last three years to working hard, fighting, promoting, and taking the UFC to the next level. She’s taking some well-deserved time off. But you’ll see her fight again.”

New York Sports