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Dana White not 'concerned' with Holm vs. Tate, expects Rousey to bounce back

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Dana White responds to Holly Holm's manager and hints at "The Preacher's Daughter" rematching Ronda Rousey in her first title defense.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, Holly Holm's manager said that the newly crowned bantamweight champion wanted to stay active and fight Miesha Tate while Ronda Rousey heals.

"The Preachers' Daughter" knocked out Rousey with a vicious head kick at UFC 193 last month and it's expected that "Rowdy" will be out of action for the foreseeable future: "It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple," the Olympic bronze medalist said in a recent interview.

Dana White responded to Holm's manager via the Los Angeles Times and sarcastically dismissed his concerns.

"We're real concerned with his opinion," the UFC president said in a sarcastic tone.

Many tried to analyse where things went wrong for Rousey at UFC 193, with fans voicing their concern over Ronda's overwhelming media obligations and personal issues. Dana White said the former champion had many things "going on in her head" and insists that Rousey will bounce back stronger than ever.

"Ronda is the fiercest competitor I have ever met in my life and she's also very proud," White said. "What made the world love Ronda is that Ronda absolutely 100% knew she was not going to lose. People rallied around this powerful female figure."

"Ronda's never lost a fight," said White. "She will overcome it and be back. She got clipped, stayed in there and tried to fight through it. She told me she was in there, she was rocked, and she'd never been rocked like that before. And the things that were going on in her head - what she was doing - she'd never been in that situation."

All signs seem to point towards a Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey rematch next summer, with Miesha Tate forced to wait for another title shot.