Nutrition guru Mike Dolce doesn’t think it’s a good idea for Ronda Rousey to compete at UFC 200.
Dolce, who first started working with Rousey in the lead-up to UFC 168 in 2013, says he considers the former champion to be more of a friend than client. After seeing her get knocked out against Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November, Dolce thinks the July pay-per-view is too soon for to get back into the cage.
“I would much rather see Ronda fight in fall to late winter,” Dolce told MMAjunkie Radio. “Maybe even that December card of next year. Optimally, I believe that’s the best interest in the health and safety of my athlete.”
Rousey had gone 12-0 before meeting Holm in Melbourne, Australia. “The Preacher’s Daughter” quickly established herself the superior striker before landing the fight-ending headkick that turned women’s MMA upside down.
The two fighters are unofficially pegged to compete at UFC 200 in July. All this despite Holm’s request to compete at least once before then against a different opponent. But UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta are adamant about retaining the highly coveted rematch for what could be the biggest show of the year.
“I hear the quotes, and they’re running a business, so that’s right for the business, for sure,” Dolce said. “Ronda will probably get paid more money if she fights on UFC 200 as opposed to UFC 204 or 206 or whatever happens because that will be the bigger event, the biggest, most stacked card, and she’ll get the pay-per-view points as a result of that.
“But this isn’t about money. From our perspective, it’s about the health and safety of the athlete.”