Somewhere in California, Ronda Rousey is having a very bad weekend. Following her devastating headkick knockout loss in November, the whole world wanted to see how she’d do in a rematch against Holly Holm. Pundits and insiders alike reckoned that she’d have to completely overhaul her training to defeat the new “undefeatable” champion. The UFC began putting together plans to have the two fight again at UFC 200 in what would have undoubtedly been one of the biggest fights in the history of the sport.
But instead, Rousey decided to take time off and concentrate on her Hollywood career. Once it was clear she wasn’t going to return any time soon, the UFC reluctantly booked Holly Holm vs Miesha Tate as the co-main on a hastily put together supercard starring Conor McGregor. Holm would get more exposure, and the eventual Rousey rematch would become even bigger. Win, win! Except nothing in mixed martial arts ever seems to work out that easily.
Instead, Tate pulled off a major upset, submitting Holm with a minute-and-a-half to go in a fight that Holm was clearly winning on the scorecards. The UFC has a new women’s bantamweight champion, and a much more complicated situation to sell when Rousey decides to return to the division. Leading up to the fight, Tate said she’d ruin Rousey’s rematch. Here’s how she did it.