On Saturday night, former American boxing champion Holly Holm made history when she knocked out judoka and actress Ronda Rousey during their fight at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, to take away her UFC women’s bantamweight championship title.
Holm, 34, connected with a head kick while Rousey, 28, was regaining her balance following a mid-round scuffle during the second round of their bout at the Etihad Stadium.
However, a former ECW Heavyweight Champion believes that the entire match was fixed. During his radio show on Monday, long-time WWE announcer Taz mentioned that the outcome of the main event was planned in order to best serve the interests of the UFC.
He believes that making Ronda lose her championship against Holly will help the UFC become more popular. This is in relation to recent news that Rousey plans to take a break or, in her words, “disappear.”
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“You do not want your champion sitting home or making a movie, ‘Roadhouse 2’ or whatever Rousey’s going to do… You don’t want that person sitting home for five, six, seven months with that championship. It’s bad for business,” Taz said in his show.
To elaborate more on the “work” that was done, Taz said that it began when Rousey missed a punch and turned her back from Holm. Holm connects with a high roundhouse kick to the head – just below Ronda Rousey’s jaw.
This entire sequence, according to the former pro-wrestler, was the “work.” To make things interesting, Taz said he thinks not a lot of people may have been “into it,” meaning they knew what would happen. Some of the people he mentioned that might not have known include the referee and even Holm herself.
In spite of the seemingly baseless claim, this is not the first time someone talked about fight fixing in the UFC. Back in July, former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva said that he wants to prove that there are indeed “promotion fixed fights.”
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In a social media post, Silva said that he does not want to work for the company anymore.
“That’s what happens with those who speak the truth in this company — they are driven out,” he said.
In addition, he also said that the UFC does not respect anyone and that he won’t fight for the UFC ever again.
“UFCircus! Fixed fights, and I can prove it. I haven’t dropped the bomb yet, I haven’t said what I know,” added “The Axe Murderer.”
Silva said that UFC already fired a former fighter, Jacob “Stitch” Duran, after he reportedly took a stand against the “robbery” of the athletes.
While the claims of both Taz and Silva may seem plausible, they still cannot change the fact that Holly Holm overplayed Ronda Rousey on Saturday night.
If the UFC does not fix fights, then it could mean that the Furious 7 star may not be living up to the hype she has been receiving.
If this were the case, then Holm should have never been considered an underdog.
In recent years, the UFC has considered Ronda Rousey as the best female UFC fighter in the world, it was probably due to the fact that there was no one that could match her at that time.
On her way to the previously unbeaten 12-0 record, Rousey was demolishing opponents in 30 seconds or less.
However, a bigger, faster, and more athletic Holm appeared and showed everyone that Rousey was not the best after all. She simply hadn’t faced her yet.
Obviously, Ronda Rousey will bounce back, but she would have to fix all the holes in her game if she wants to at least give Holm a decent rematch. Otherwise, she may never regain that “best in the business” status again.
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