Ronda Rousey can’t wait to fight Holly Holm at ‘UFC 195,’ but Joe Rogan thinks she was the wrong choice! The UFC commentator dissed Holly on his ‘Fight Companion’ podcast and said the UFC’s women division suffers from a ‘lack of talent!’
When UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, 28, revealed Holly Holm, 33, as her next opponent, fans were excited to see her face the fighter she called “the most decorated striker” in all of MMA. However, Joe Rogan, 48, wasn’t impressed with the pick. The UFC commentator dissed the Ronda-Holly fight as not “intriguing” enough for him!
Joe expressed this opinion during the Aug. 23 edition of his Fight Companion podcast, reports MMAFighting.com. “I don’t agree with that fight,” he said. “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.”
Wow! The UFC commentator clearly didn’t hold back and he sure doesn’t agree with Ronda calling Holly her “biggest challenge to date.” The undefeated UFC Women’s champ praised Holly when she announced their fight on the Aug. 21 edition of Good Morning America. Ronda pointed out how Holly was Ring Magazine’s “pound-for-pound female fighter of the year” and that she was “super excited” to face her on Jan. 2, 2016. Joe clearly disagrees.
“The Holly Holm fight is not as intriguing to me as Amanda Nunes would be,” Joe said on his podcast. “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?”
While Joe was pulling for Amanda Nunes to challenge Ronda, he said that the UFC doesn’t have enough fighters on Ronda’s level. “I just think, honestly, the real problem is that there’s a lack of talent,” he said. “The real problem with Ronda is that Ronda is like a Mike Tyson. She’s the elite of the elite. [Her competition?] No. They’re good. She’s great. They’re amongst the best.”
Yikes! Well, Holly will have a chance to prove Joe wrong by putting on a great fight against Ronda. The two will meet in Las Vegas at UFC 195 on Jan. 2, 2016.
Do you agree with Joe’s comments, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Holly was the right pick or did you want Ronda to fight someone else?
— Jason Brow