UFC 193: Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm
It isn’t often that a star to the stature of Ronda Rousey fights away from home, but after a win in Brazil, Rousey once again packed her bags and took a trip to Australia, where she would meet Holly Holm, for her UFC woman’s bantamweight championship. Rousey was coming off of another dominant win over Bethe Correia, and coming into to UFC 193, she was slated as one of the biggest favorites in UFC championship history. That didn’t bother Holm though, as the “Preachers Daughter” just went about her business and believed in her skill set.
Holm showed nothing but respect to Rousey in the lead up to the fight. Some thought the bout might be too much too soon for Holm, but as one of the most decorated strikers in female combat sports history, Holm was always going to be at an advantage so long as the fight stood standing. She and her coaches believed in a clear path to victory, but Rousey and most fans thought that was delusional, and at the time you can’t blame them for that. Rousey had made easy work of opponent after opponent, but treating Holm like any other opponent and not showing her proper respect might have been costly for Rousey.
All fight week Holm stayed confident, and she seemingly got under Rousey’s skin by doing so. The two had a few intense staredowns in front of the media and over the course of fight week, it was clear Rousey was getting more and more intense. As the two took the stage for the UFC 193 weigh-in, fans knew they were seeing something special. The atmosphere for the weigh-in, in Australia was unbelievable. It spoke to the true star power of Rousey around the world. Rousey did her usual attitude strut towards her opponent when she hopped off of the scale, and as she tried to get her hand in the face of Holm, Holm basically beat her to the punch, getting her hand inside and tying the two of them up a bit. It was an extremely intense moment and one that showed the world exactly who Holm was. She was the heavy challenger who wasn’t about to back down from the greatest of all time, and her performance perfectly exemplifies that exact attitude.