The highly anticipated match-up between Ronday Rousey and Holly Holm has been moved up two months to November in Melbourne, Australia from its originally scheduled January 2 bout date. According to ESPN, UFC President Dana White announced on Sportscenter the Rousey vs Holm match up will headline UFC 193 after previous UFC 193 main card fighter Robbie Lawler suffered a thumb injury and will be unable to compete.
It’s a quick turn around for Rousey who just defended her Bantamweight title against Brazilian Bethe Correia, walking away with an impressive 34-second finish at UFC 190 earlier this month. Ronda will have a few weeks less recovery time than Holm who walked away with a victory in July.
Both Rousey and Holm are undefeated in their MMA careers but the true question is who will walk away with the title and the continued undefeated record?
While Rousey has defended her title an impressive six times, Holm comes into the UFC with an impressive start. Both Rousey and Holm have roots in different fight areas. Ronda is an Olympic medalist in Judo with a background in Jui Jitsu. Holly began her career as a highly successful professional boxer followed by a short and mixed results kickboxing career.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently discussed the Rousey versus Holm match up on his podcast Fight Companion stating he didn’t agree with Holm being the next opponent for Rousey. “I would have gone with Amanda Nunes before Holly Holm.”
While Nunes has more MMA fight experience than Holm, Holm’s MMA record is pristine and her lengthy boxing career surely carried some weight in the decision to put her up next against the fierce Ronda Rousey. In terms of skill, it is difficult to determine which fighter has the edge, Rousey or Holm?
One factor that may determine the winner could be stamina. Ronda Rousey’s overwhelming dominating performances in the octagon have finished all but one of her eleven fights in the first round. Holly Holm has gone the distance in five of her nine previous fights.
Still, that doesn’t mean that if Holm survives beyond the first minute, let alone the first round with Rousey that she should expect victory. Rousey’s sole opponent to make it to Round Three was Miesha Tate, a fighter whom had previously fought Ronda and was therefore familiar with her style, making it difficult to gauge how Holm will measure up against Rousey.
Who will bring the belt home? Ronda Rousey or Holly Holm? Tell us what you think!
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