Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has hinted at a possible rematch between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm in the newly created 145lbs featherweight women's division.
The latter beat Rousey with a brutal knockout via a head kick last November to end her reign as the longest bantamweight champion, but surrendered the title to Meisha Tate, who is turn lost to Amanda Nunes. The Brazilian fighter will now defend the title against the American fighter, who is returning to the octagon for the first time after her loss to Holm last year, on 30 December at UFC 207 in Las Vegas.
Holm, meanwhile, is set to take on Germaine De Randamie in the inaugural fight for the women's featherweight title at UFC 208 in Brooklyn and White admits that if Holm and Rousey win their respective fights, people will want to see a rematch between the two. If the titles are on the line, then one of them will have the opportunity to become the first woman two-weight champion in UFC history.
"If Holly wins and becomes a champion, and that's the scenario [Rousey regains the title]? I guarantee people will want to see it," White told ESPN.
Cris 'Cyborg' Justino, meanwhile, has accused the UFC of showing disrespect towards her by ignoring her for the inaugural 145lbs featherweight title fight. She is the top-ranked fighter in the weight class and the reigning featherweight champion of the all-woman promotion Invicta FC.
White, however, has dismissed talks of UFC showing 'Cyborg' any disrespect after admitting that she was offered fights in the 145lbs division — which she turned down — prompting them to hand a chance to Holm and De Randamie.
"We're out to disrespect Cyborg?" the UFC president added. "She said she couldn't make 145 pounds in eight weeks. We offered her a second and a third fight. She turned them down. With everything I've got going on in my life, the last thing I'm thinking is, 'Hey, let's get together and disrespect Cyborg.'"
"This is a business of opportunity. When opportunity arises, you jump up and take it. If you don't, the bus is gone, and it passes you by."