Leading up to UFC 193 in Melbourne, many people wondered aloud whether Ronda Rousey was almost too dominant. The UFC seemed to be struggling to completely sell out Etihad Stadium, and some fans were hesitant to shell out some serious dough for a fight many expected to last as long as a Vine. When Rousey and her opponent Holly Holm got into an altercation at the weigh-ins, mixed martial arts websites questioned whether Ronda was just trying to drum up last second interest.
Holly Holm came into the fight a +700 underdog to Rousey’s -1000. As we noted leading up to the fight, that’s the same disparity in odds we saw when Matt Serra knocked Georges St Pierre out back in 2007. That fight previously stood as the biggest upset in mixed martial arts history. That distinction may now go to Holly Holm for her amazing headkick knockout of Ronda Rousey.
So how did she do it? By perfectly executing a gameplan put together by her coaches at Jackson / Winkeljohn’s MMA, the same camp that houses Jon Jones, Donald Cerrone, Carlos Condit, and a number of other bona fide UFC killers. Holly told Joe Rogan during her post-fight victory interview that she spent every day working on her movement so she could stay out of Ronda Rousey’s hands and avoid getting thrown. Throughout the entire fight, Ronda was forced to bullrush forward to try and hit Holm, but Holm was always out of reach.