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Holly Holm Will Face New Challenger Next

Ronda Rousey

Holly Holm will not have to wait on the sidelines to defend her UFC female bantamweight title.

Following’s Holm’s November victory over Ronda Rousey, officials mentioned the likelihood of a rematch taking place in 2016. However, with Rousey’s schedule filling up with movie roles, that would have left Holm waiting.

UFC president Dana White stated on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday that Holm (10-0) will indeed defend her title against another contender before she faces Rousey.

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

The likely candidate is Miesha Tate, as the former Strikeforce champion is 17-5 overall and 4-2 inside the Octagon.

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Fight Cards

UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov

Event Date: December 9, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis

Event Date: December 10, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 168: Carvalho vs. Manhoef 2

Event Date: December 10, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

Bellator 169: King Mo vs. Ishii

Event Date: December 16, 2016
Broadcast: Spike

UFC on FOX 22: VanZant vs. Waterson

Event Date: December 17, 2016
Broadcast: TBD

UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey

Event Date: December 30, 2016
Broadcast: TBD