White didn't elaborate beyond telling the crew of "UFC Tonight" on
It's believed former title challenger
Holm taking a bout in the interim is a change from the course White said he planned last month, when he told The Times the anticipated Holm-Rousey women's bantamweight title fight would be at UFC 200 July 9 at the new arena in Las Vegas.
Asked about the manager's wishes then, White said, "Yeah, I really care what he thinks."
But this week, Holm signed a multi-fight, multimillion-dollar contract extension with the UFC, and an official close to those talks said an interim fight for Holm was possible.
The UFC has not announced a site or main event for a March 5 UFC 197 card, but there has been speculation the card could land in Las Vegas.
Former boxing world champion Holm (10-0) stunned Venice's Rousey (12-1) in Australia, dominating her in stand-up fighting before knocking out Rousey by second-round leg kick in November.
All along, Holm and her manager, Lenny Fresquez, sought to avoid the extended wait for Rousey, who will film a remake of "Roadhouse" in Patrick Swayze's role of the bar bouncer before the rematch.
It was announced Tuesday that Rousey will also host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" Jan. 23 with musical guest Selena Gomez.
Fresquez previously said the effects of Rousey's one-sided loss could also lead her to delay the rematch.