If there was ever a sure bet in sports, it was Ronda Rousey. She not only beat her opponents, she destroyed them. Rousey was one of the most dominant athletes the world has ever seen…until Saturday night in Melbourne, Austrailia.
Holly Holm, or “The Preacher’s Daughter,” shocked the world on Saturday night when she knocked out the bantamweight champion Rousey in round 2 of the main event at UFC 193. She completely picked apart the champion with her world-class kickboxing skills until she put her away with a head kick that sent Rousey bouncing off the canvas. Holm jumped on her with some follow-up punches, but it was over. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight, and the world reacted.
The historical precedence of what happened on Saturday night is only reminiscent of Serra vs. GSP and Silva vs. Weidman. This was a moment in time when somebody who many thought was unbeatable was defeated in spectacular fashion. What makes this moment even more memorable is the fact that Rousey is a mainstream superstar who attracted people who did not even watch the sport. Holm was just considered her next victim on the path to an undefeated career. The fight game is funny like that.
Holm deserves all of the credit, and I mean all of it. She was completely classy through the lead-up to the fight as well as after it. She executed her game plan to perfection and brought her record to 10-0. What she did on Saturday night changes everything not only in her life, but in woman’s MMA.
Jedrzejczyk dominates Letourneau in Co-Main Event
The co-main event featured the UFC women’s strawweight championship as champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeated Valerie Letourneau by unanimous decision.
Jedrzejczyk started out slow in the first round but was able to land a front kick that changed the momentum. Her quick hands and kicks repeatedly connected with Letouneau and by fight’s end, her opponent’s face was a complete mess. Jedrzejczyk was very emotional after the fight in what was a truly dominant performance.
Hunt earns KO over Bigfoot in Anticipated Rematch
Mark Hunt and Antionio “Bigfoot” Silva had a legendary fight in their first match and there was no way the rematch was going to come close. Hunt knocked out Bigfoot in the very first round on Saturday night in the always unpredictable heavyweight division. The fan favorite always finds a way to stick around in this sport, and his improbable UFC run continues.
Holm def. Rousey- via KO (headkick)
Jedrzejczyk def. Letourneau- via unanimous decision
Hunt def. Silva – via TKO (punches)
Whittaker def. Hall- via unanimous decision
Rosholt def. Struve- via unanimous decision
Matthews def. Arreola- via TKO (doctor’s stoppage)
Noke def. Sobotta- via TKO (body kick and punches)
VIllante def. Perosh- via KO (punch)
Martinez def. Vaculik- via unanimous decision
Walsh def. Kennedy- via unanimous decision
Kelly def. Montgomery- via unanimous decision
Moontasri def. Zafir- via TKO (spinning back kick and strikes)
Nguyen def. Benoit- via submission (rear-naked choke)