Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ronda Rousey stunned by Holly Holm

This was a major shocker. Previously undefeated Ronda Rousey was stunned in a massive upset by Holly Holm in UFC 193. This was Rousey's first loss in MMA.

What makes this result so unexpected is that Ronda Rousey had been so dominant in MMA that she was starting to be touted as the greatest fighter of all time and that popular belief was that no one would be able to beat her. After all, she won all her first 12 professional fights so convincingly. All but one of her fights ended in the first round, with 8 of those wins being completed in less than a minute! Here's a quick look at the people she fought against and how much time it took for her to win:

1. Ediane Gomes in 25 seconds
2. Charmaine Tweet in 49 seconds
3. Sarah D'Alelio in 25 seconds
4. Julia Budd in 39 seconds
5. Miseha Tate in 4:29 minutes
6. Sarah Kaufman in 54 seconds
7. Liz Carmouche in 4:49 minutes
8. Miesha Tate at 0:58 in the third round (the first time she went beyond the first round)
9. Sarah McMann in 1:06 minutes
10. Alexis Davis in 16 seconds
11. Cat Zingano in 14 seconds (the shortest fight ever in MMA history)
12. Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

I guess it was unlucky #13 for Rousey as Holly Holm was more than up for the challenge of taking down the champion. Looking at Holly's record, it is pretty impressive as well. She was a boxer (with a 33-2-3 record) and a kickboxer (2-1 record). She had her first MMA fight in 2011 and her record now stands at 10-0. Wow! I am guessing Ronda Rousey will come back from that loss even stronger and she will want to take her title back but if Holly Holm can maintain and even improve the fighting skills she showed, she will remain to be a worth adversary.

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