Holly Holmes' manager, Lenny Fresquez, opened up about the matter in a Sherdog interview. He says that Holm is essentially waiting for the right opportunity to join the UFC, which was his way of saying she's holding out for more money.
"The UFC doesn't have but maybe five girls that could really give Holly competition," Fresquez said. "So we're just waiting for the UFC to give Holly the right opportunity, because we want a title fight. We want to fight the best UFC fighter. We're looking for six figures. And there's not too many fighters that make six figures. Right now, Holly earns probably more than 80-percent of the male fighters in the UFC and probably earns more than 98-percent of the female fighters."
"We'd like to work with them, I don't want to be disrespectful to the UFC. But they also gotta understand. They've bought Strikeforece, they've bought all these different ones. Holly's a franchise, as you can see. She's not just your normal fighter. She's more of a franchise, a key marquee. And to be honest with you, I think she'd represent the face of the UFC better than Ronda Rousey. She's a classy person, not that Ronda's not a classy person. I think she'd make a beautiful (face of WMMA)."
Holm, who holds a 6-0 record since making the transition from boxing to MMA, would likely need to fight a couple legit contenders before receiving a shot at Rousey if she did end up in the UFC.
Holm would probably need to fight someone from The Ultimate Fighter 18, before stepping up against a top five contender such as Liz Carmouche or Cat Zingano.
If Holm was able to get past a top five bantamweight contender, then she would have a better argument for being deserving of a fight with Rousey.