UFC 193: Holly Holm Defeats Rousey By KO In Melbourne

The UFC world will never be the same, not now that Ronda Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm on Saturday night at UFC 193. Leading up to the match, the odds were in bantamweight champion Rousey’s favor at a rate of nearly 20:1. MMA Junkie reports that at only 59 seconds into the 2nd round, Holly Holm did what almost nobody thought she could, take Rousey down with a punch and then a kick to the head, followed by several more blows to the head. Holm’s bombardment went on until the ref stopped the fight and called the UFC 193 match for Holm.

The entire world was stunned by Rousey’s unexpected UFC 193 loss, but perhaps no one was as stunned or excited as Holly Holm. She explained to post-UFC 13 interviewers that she had trained harder than she ever had before in her life for her UFC 193 match with Rousey.

“I’m trying to take it in, but it’s crazy. Getting in here, I had so much love and support. I felt like, how can I not do this with all that love. I had the best coaching, from standup to grappling to wrestling. Everything that we worked on presented itself in the fight. I haven’t spent this much time in the gym in my life. Everything we worked on happened tonight.”

There was an almost unprecedented level of hype leading up to UFC 193, largely due to the Rousey/Holm match-up. Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) had given repeated interviews where she said there was no way her winning streak would be broken by Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC). The bookies thought the same, and where gambling is legal, there was almost no way to make money betting on Rousey.

Holm [Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images]Between the two fighters, there’s not a lot of lost love. During the UFC 193 weigh-in at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, the two publicly “scuffled” with one another and had to be broken up before the situation escalated. On November 13, the UFC 193 main event competitors tried to be somewhat cordial, but Holm put her glove in Rousey’s face, and then things just broke loose. Even then, Rousey seemed to have no worries about losing her UFC title to Holm at UFC 193.

Not only did Rousey lose her title to Holm, MMA Junkie is also reporting that Rousey was knocked out so thoroughly at UFC 193 that she had to be hospitalized following the bout with Holm. To be fair, its industry practice to transport fighters that have been knocked out to the hospital for evaluation. Rousey also left her post-UFC 193 hospitalization with a stitched-up lip. If it scars, it may turn into a little life-long souvenir from her unexpected, unprecedented loss to Holm.

Rousey [Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images]UFC 193 was a huge money-maker, both for the franchise and for Holm. The event brought in 56,214 attendees (breaking previous attendance records) as well as $9.53 million Australian dollars ($6.8 million USD). Holm herself will be banking on a couple of $50,000 bonuses for her UFC 193 performance, in addition to her negotiated salary for the event. She bonused for “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night.”

Not to mention that by ousting Rousey as the UFC woman’s bantamweight champion at UFC 193, Holm became the first athlete in combat sports history to hold an MMA title in addition to a world boxing title. She also managed to pull off what will arguably be known as the biggest upset in UFC history, at the same time.

Not surprisingly, Holm’s unexpected trouncing of fan-favorite Rousey at UFC 193, which was broadcast live not just in Melbourne but also on Pay-Per-View around the world, stirred up a lot of emotion on social media.

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Only time will tell whether or not Rousey will regain her mojo, or her title, after her brutal loss to Holm last night. Whatever happens in the future, though, fans are practically guaranteed a rematch of the shocking battle that played out at UFC 193.

[Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images]