Holly Holm Stuns With KO of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193
The most dominant athlete in all of sports has suffered her first ever professional loss. After getting bloodied in the first round, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey went down from a hard kick to the head in Round 2 of her fight against Holly Holm. The referee ended the fight after Holm pounced on the prone Rousey and continued to deliver crushing blows.
Rousey was undefeated heading into this fight, and was a 20-to-1 favorite heading into her match against Holm. All but one of her twelve previous fights ending in the first round through knockout or submission. Nine of her fights lasted less than a minute. This was Rousey’s third fight in less than a year.
And previous to this fight, Rousey embraced her seemingly invincible persona, often lamenting the lack of worthwhile opponents.
Many are praising Holm’s deliberate strategy and flawless execution, keeping calm under Rousey’s attempts to maintain constant pressure. Holm, a veteran boxing and kickboxing champ kept the fight mostly vertical, avoiding the grappling of Rousey, a former Olympic Judo medalist. During the first round, Holm even broke free of Rousey’s notorious, fight-ending armbar.
The result left the audience at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia stunned, and intensified reactions from both Rousey’s fans and critics. Supporters declared that even the best have losses, while critics highlighted Rousey’s spats with fighters like Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg, and Floyd Mayweather.
Prior to UFC 193, Rousey had said she wanted to take a break from fighting after facing Holm to focus on other parts of her career, and possibly return for UFC 200.