Ronda Rousey goes down after being knocked out by Holly Holm by a kick to the neck to end the UFC … <+> title fight in Melbourne on November 15, 2015. (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
In November 2015, more than 56,000 fans attended UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The headlining bout on that pay-per-view card featured two unbeaten women. On one side of the octagon that night was the 12-0 women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. She faced the 10-0 Holly Holm. Rousey’s title, the belt that she had defended on six previous occasions, was on the line.
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The oddsmakers clearly favored Rousey to retain her title. She was installed as a -1,200 favorite over Holm, who came in as a +700 underdog.
When the fighters stood in the center of the cage to get their final instructions from referee Herb Dean, a scowling Rousey refused to touch gloves when Holm offered before the two went back to their spots against the cage.
Rousey controlled the center of the cage to start the bout, while Holm circled on the outside. Holm was looking to keep Rousey moving and looking to land counters, but most of all, she did not want to allow Rousey to get to the mat where she could work her vaunted submission skills.
Halfway through the first stanza, Rousey did get the fight to the ground, but she could not capitalize on the few brief seconds she had her opponent on the ground. With two minutes left in the round, Holm’s counters had Rousey’s face bloody. The difference in striking skills became painfully evident as the round wore on. On the feet, it was all Holm as Rousey gasped for air and helplessly chased Holm around the cage throwing sloppy strikes.
In the second round, Holm again forced Rousey to chase her around the octagon. Then with 50 seconds run off the clock, Holm connected with a left that staggered Rousey, before the champion could get her bearings, Holm set up and waited to land a head kick. As soon as Rousey turned to face her, Holm uncorked that kick, the impact of which put Rousey down and out. And with that Holm had ended Rousey title reign as well as her unbeaten streak.
Holm lost the title in her first defense when Miesha Tate submitted her at UFC 196. Holm would go on to fight twice for the women’s featherweight title. She lost both of those bouts.
Now 12-4, Holm faces current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC 239 pay-per-view card, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Before that fight takes place, watch Holm’s historic knockout win over Rousey.
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I am a freelance writer who has covered a wide variety of topics over the years. I’ve written about crime, technology, fitness, and entertainment for a variety of outlets. These days I mostly focus on MMA as a contributor to MMAjunkie and now occupychristmas.org. I make my home in Baltimore, MD.