Today, November 14, 2015, UFC will present UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm, only through pay-per-view. The event will take place at the Etihad Stadium located in Melbourne, Australia. For those who are unable to attend the fight live, once again it is a pay-per-view and will cost an average of $50 in standard definition, $10 more for high-definition.
Fortunately, those who cannot afford the pay-per-view are given some luxuries at a smaller price. Starting at 6:15 p.m./3:15 p.m. ET/PT, the early preliminary card can be viewed through the UFC Fight Pass. One hour and 45 minutes later, the preliminary card can be viewed through Fox Sports 1. Take note that the UFC 193 main card is when the women’s bantamweight championship title fight takes place. Until then, here are some past articles from the Inquisitr that assist in the build-up for this fight.
- Miesha Tate was supposed to be the one to take on Ronda Rousey since she is ranked No. 1 in the division. She was surprised when Holly Holm was selected instead of her.
- Ronda Rousey says she will be doing more “touristy things” after she beats Holly Holm.
- Despite all of Ronda Rousey’s mind games and trash talk, Holly Holm remains unfazed as the date for the fight looms closer.
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk will fight Valérie Létourneau in the co-main event, but will be overshadowed just by Ronda Rousey.
There is some controversy associated with Ronda Rousey versus Holly Holm. As mentioned earlier, Miesha Tate was supposedly the No. 1 contender for the title. She earned the shot by winning her last four fights in which some of those victories were against some tough opponents like Jessica Eye, Sara McMann, and Liz Carmouche. Yet, Holly Holm was given the shot. This is peculiar given the fact Holm only has two wins in UFC (though she is 9-0-0, the same record Bethe Correia had prior to losing to Rousey) and she is ranked No. 7 (No. 9 prior to announcement of fighting Rousey). By now though, it shouldn’t matter but with rumors that Tate may retire because of this has caused more issues for UFC.
The results of the main fight card will be shown below as they become available. This is a live-updating article so for those who are unable to watch the pay-per-view, you can use this article as a means to find out the latest results. Please note that due to online limitations, only the overall result shall be posted live with a fight synopsis detailed after the pay-per-view. Since preliminary matches are fairly easy to watch — either on UFC Fight Pass or television — they will not be included.
Main Card (Pay-Per-View – 10 p.m./7 p.m. ET/PT)
Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve vs. “The Big Show” Jared Rosholt – Struve (The Netherlands) is 30-7-0 and ranked number 14. Rosholt is 13-2-0. They are fighting in the Heavyweight Division.
SYNOPSIS: Two-thirds of this fight was very slow and steady with Rosholt taking the lead. Despite Struve’s height and reach advantage, Rosholt was able to get in to take down “Skyscraper” numerous times. Even on the ground, Rosholt had control most of the time. This does not mean Struve did not fight back. Struve did connect with a wicked kick to Rosholt’s face when he was on a back. He also loaded numerous elbows on the top of Rosholt’s head. In the third round, Struve was a bit more aggressive connecting with some combinations. However, Rosholt upped his aggression too especially a punch that made Struve stagger back a good five feet into the cage. In the end however, Rosholt did far more during this fight to secure an unanimous decision.
RESULTS: Jared Rosholt defeats Stefan Struve via Unanimous Decision.
Uriah “Prime Time” Hall vs. Robert Whittaker – Hall (Jamaica) is 13-5-0 and ranked number ten. Whittaker (New Zealand) is 15-4-0. They are fighting in the Middleweight Division.
SYNOPSIS: All three rounds of this fight were very entertaining to watch. Though both fighters traded some intense blows, Whittaker connected with blows that hurt Hall more especially early in the first round. Hall did try to fight back but he tried to utilize finesse and style with his attacks, especially some of his kick combinations. Said combinations were favorable for Hall in the second round but Whittaker was able to come back in the third round. As a matter of fact, Whittaker was able to even get Hall’s back. I will say that I am surprised Whittaker won by unanimous decision though.
RESULTS: Robert Whittaker defeats Uriah Hall via Unanimous Decision.
“Super Samoan” Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva – Hunt (New Zealand) is 10-10-1 and ranked number eight. Silva (Brazil) is 19-7-0 with one no contest and ranked number 11. They are fighting in the Heavyweight Division.
SYNOPSIS: To be fair, this fight was very straight-forward with nothing really standing out until Mark Hunt started his flurry resulting in a TKO. Both fighters traded blows but all it took was that one right hook by Hunt to end the fight. TKO came about after Silva failed to defend himself when he ate Hunt’s punches while down on all fours.
RESULTS: Mark Hunt defeats Antonio Silva via TKO with a right hook, 3:42 in the first round.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau – Jedrzejczyk (Poland) is 10-0-0 and the defending UFC women’s strawweight champion. Létourneau (Canada) is 8-3-0 and ranked number eight. They are fighting in the Women’s Strawweight Division for the UFC championship on the line.
SYNOPSIS: Probably the most entertaining fight on the main card and probably the fight that paid for the pay-per-view. A lot of MMA fans joke that paying for such headlined by Ronda Rousey is actually a waste (watching a fight lasting less than a minute for $60). Anyways, this fight seemed to be equally matched in the beginning. Létourneau connected with a good body kick along with some combinations. Same for Jedrzejczyk. However, it seemed as if Létourneau started to gas out in the latter half of the fight giving Jedrzejczyk to throw more combinations. In the end, the unanimous decision was awarded to the champion simply because she connected with more hits. It should be noted the reason why Jedrzejczyk connected more is because she thrown more punches and kicks.
RESULTS: Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeats Valérie Létourneau via Unanimous Decision.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey vs. “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holly Holm – Rousey (USA) is 12-0-0 and the defending UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Holm (USA) is 9-0-0 and ranked number seven. They are fighting in the Women’s Bantamweight Division for the UFC championship on the line.
SYNOPSIS: This fight was definitely the UFC women’s bantamweight championship fight version of Mike Tyson versus Buster Douglas. Ronda Rousey went at it hard with aggression and Holly Holm checkered her enough resulting in a KO victory. Remaining calm and collected, Holm played keep-away while connecting with her combinations. She landed some great right hands and an elbow on Rousey’s face. There was one time when Holm could have lost when Rousey got her to the ground and tried to lock in the patented armbar. Holm however escaped. The two highlights of the fight was when Holm actually slammed Rousey to the ground in the first round followed by the finishing KO kick in the second. In the end, Joe Rogan said it best when he said Holm fought the “perfect fight.”
RESULTS: Holly Holm defeats Ronda Rousey via KO with a head kick, 0:57 in the second round.
[Image via UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm Promotions]