“She (Holm) is much more dangerous than people are giving her credit for. She knows range, knows distance, and she knows how to finish fights. She also knows how to control fights. She knows how to win decisions and stay out of trouble.” – Mike Dolce, Team Ronda Rousey
One coach working with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey said upcoming opponent Holly Holm has received unfair criticism following the recent title-fight announcement.
On Friday Rousey (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) announced on “Good Morning America” that she’ll fightHolly Holm (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) – not Miesha Tate (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC), as originally planned – in her next title defense, which comes at UFC 195.
The bout, which takes place Jan. 2 and airs on pay-per-view from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, came as a surprise to many fans. It especially came as a surprise to Tate, who wasn’t told about the change of plans prior to Rousey’s announcement.
However, Mike Dolce, who calls himself a weight-management coach for Rousey and other UFC fighters, said Holm has taken an unneeded thrashing from fans. The challenger, who’s undefeated in nine MMA fights and won 35 of her 41 pro boxing and kickboxing bouts, brings a concerning amount of experience to the title fight, he said.
“It’s a much more competitive fight than people would say,” Dolce told MMAjunkie on Friday. “I see her getting bashed on the Internet. Who do you bash this young lady? Because she’s worked her tail off to get where she’s at.
“She’s undefeated. She certainly deserves to be in the (title-picture) conversation. Now, to jump over Miesha for the title shot? That’s a conversation. I think Miesha deserved to be the No. 1 contender or at least in that conversation. But having two cracks at Ronda already, I can see why Miesha was taken out of the equation and Holly was put in.”
Check out the full video conversation, which includes Dolce’s breakdown of the fight, here: http://bcove.me/u0ksm4pt