On November 14, 2015 Holly Holm, 34 rocked the world of mixed martial arts by knocking out the previously undefeated UFC champion, a crowd puller, sport's biggest star and breakthrough mainstream celebrity. Cage fighter Ronda Rousey, 28 was inflicted a crushing defeat during a UFC 193 women's bantamweight title match at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. The event has drawn 56,000 fans and set the UFC's live attendance record. Headlining the event was the undefeated UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defending her title against undefeated former boxing world champion Holly Holm. In the first round Holm rocked Rousey with a steady stream of punches, making her incapable to use her ground fight skills and to deliver her signature armbar. In the second round Holm delivered a hard straight punch in Rousey's face followed by a high left side kick. Rousey collapsed and Holm chased her intending to finish off but Rousey was unconscious already.
That was one of the biggest upsets in MMA history.
Holm became the first woman world titles in professional boxing and MMA/UFC where her score became 10:0 while Rousey's is 12:1 now.
Later, UFC President Dana White announced: "Rousey was transported to the hospital because she got knocked out… and her lip was split in half... and they had to sew her lip… I mean, obviously, she's completely bummed out and depressed."
This extraordinary victory supports the opinion that an experienced striker is capable to demoralize and destroy an experienced grappler inflicting packs of hard punches and kicks.
Round 1. Rousey comes in swinging wildly with punches. Holm circles from the outside and connects with a hard combination includes a straight punch to the jaw. Rousey clinches a minute and 20 seconds in. Holm brushes off the clinch and lands a few hard punches. Rousey is bleeding from the nose. Rousey gets a clinch and takes Holm down, but she can't get the armbar. Holm backs off and lands a big punch as they return to the feet. Rousey continues to look to close distance with Holm landing shots as she moves in. Holm is pounding Rousey with shots. Rousey hurts Holm with a hook. Holm is forced to clinch and takes Rousey down. Holm then backs off and stands up. Rousey charges in wildly in desperation. They clinch and exchange knees to the body. 10-9 Holm.
Round 2. Rousey dives in and gets caught with a couple of counter punches. Holm is a different level of striker. Holly Holm with a head left kick that knocks Rousey out.
Recently Rousey who is 28 now became the most famous female cage fighter. Her attractive appearance and extraordinary success in MMA made her international celebrity. Rousey's story is well known at this point, an Olympic bronze medalist in judo who is 12-0 in MMA with 11 first round stoppages and 1 third round stoppage. The most of her victories have been accomplished by the armbar, a technique she mastered in Judo. Recently, her striking techniques have improved greatly; she spent just a minute combined to knock out her last three opponents but her ground game and armbar remains her bread and butter. Not long ago Rousey said she "would defeat anyone in the world in the cage."
Holly Holm, 34 was a world champion pro boxer who participated in 38 bouts losing just two of them. Rawboned and muscular Holm is extremely effective boxer; she possesses unique ability in punching. She also uses a variety of kicking techniques, often targeting the body with a fast side kick, pushing back a rush with a low oblique kick, and attacking the head with a left high kick. Holm when she entered MMA was thought to be a big challenge to anyone because of her boxing background and because she was knocking opponents out with head kicks. This fight affirmed those original hopes as Holm demonstrated all her skill and athleticism. However, being not that proficient in the ground game, for many MMA fans she hasn't looked great in the UFC, even though she has won all her 10 matches. So, before the match experts gave her low chances against such a high level opponent.
As a matter of fact, both ladies have straight sexual orientation; Holly Holm is marries accountant Jeff Kirkpatrick while Ronda Rousey is dating MMA fighter Brendan Schaub.
Rousey is known as an arrogant person with the explosive behavior. She confirmed this before and during the match against Holm. She came off as a bad sportswoman insulting and refusing to touch gloves with the even tempered and good natured Holm and then fought a wild, dangerous fight that didn't show sufficient respect for her opponent's ability.
In her autobiography, Rousey revealed an altercation with an ex-boyfriend who had taken nude photos of her without her consent or knowledge. In My Fight, Your Fight, she wrote, "I slapped him across the face so hard my hand hurt... I punched him in the face with a straight right, then a left hook. He staggered back and fell against the door... then I grabbed him by the neck of his hoodie, kneed him in the face, and tossed him aside on the kitchen floor."
Decisive kick. Photo from WikiFeet
Ronda Rousey knocked out. Photo from Goliath
Rousey pretends she wants to pick a fight with Holm during the weigh-in ceremony