Holm pulls one of the biggest upset in MMA history, Jędrzejczyk retains title after tough fight with Létourneau
To be honest, I didn't think that two women's title bouts back to back were going to be this entertaining. It's probably the revival of the sport's growth and we might just be at the dawn of the female era in the UFC. Not many people would've put their money on Holly Holm (10-0) to take the women's bantamweight title from the undefeated six-time defending champion Ronda Rousey (12-1), not even those who supports her, but if you did, even just a bit, the underdog would've won you shit load of cash.
Holm, nicknamed "The Preacher's Daughter", has a very goody modest personality in front of camera but during the face-off with Rousey at the weigh-ins, she pushed her right fist on the now-former champ's face, which pissed Rousey off to a point that she was unwilling to touch gloves with Holm before the opening bell rang. At the point of time, I tweeted, "Let's hope Rousey would at least have a slightly tougher time." I seriously never would've thought that this first-time challenger, a boxing champ, could've won against an aggressive wrestling-BJJ specialist like Rousey. As we all know, Rousey's quite a monster in the cage against all her previous opponents, finishing them in seconds into the bout. Not this time.
Rousey was being Rousey, charging and chasing like an ogre against Holm who did her thing circling around and kept her distance while countering with strikes. Rousey held her right fist up like as though it's not her own arm and pushing forward obviously hoping to land that one-punch knockout. Even "The Big Country" Roy Nelson doesn't hold his bomb up that obviously. But it was all Holms. Her game plan worked, and pretty much embarrassed the world's most successful female MMA fighter. She bloodied Rousey's face with her effective boxing and even managed to take her down once. Rousey managed to get Holm on the fence but she couldn't get a leg.
Within the first minute of the second round, Holm dropped Rousey to her knees with an awkward lefty to the chin and followed immediately with left headkick as soon as Rousey stood back up and turned around. Rousey was probably already knocked out cold but Holm was allowed to throw in a couple more hammerfists before referee Herb Dean came in to save Rousey. And there you go, a very convincing win for the new UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion of the World. It wasn't even close but Dana White would probably have no choice but to call for a rematch as it's not easy finding female fighters that could match these two. This rivalry might be the next best thing after Aldo-McGregor. I wonder what would happen to all the sponsors and investments on Rousey, the first ever female to make an EA Sports game cover.
In the co-main event, it was Joanna Jędrzejczyk (11-0) defending her women's strawweight title against Valérie Létourneau (8-4), and it's the best 5-round women's bout I've ever seen thus far. Almost a complete opposite, the champ's a striking specialist and showed obvious sign that she could've been beaten if the challenger did not abandon her ground game. Letourneau grabbed Jedrzejczyk's leg when she was being kicked and took her down with it in the first round. Jedrzejczyk had to struggle to get back up as Letourneau was the biggest fighter.
Unfortunately, probably due to being a kickboxer too, Letourneau wasn't comfortable of taking the fight to the ground again, but she did perform way better than any of Jedrzejczyk's past opponents. She had landed a few strong body kicks with her fake lefty as disguise but ultimately, it was Jedrzejczyk who was the better Muay Thai practitioner. The champ annoyed Letourneau with her high front kicks down the middle and landed plenty of significant quick combos that ended with right leg kicks. In the end, it was an easy decision for the judges to make, and Letourneau's face has badly swollen up. Two things future challenges could learn from this fight, Jedrzejczyk did not have any knockout power and she could be defeated on the ground.
Antonio "Big Foot" Silva (19–8–1) may have won his previous fight but I doubt many would expect him to keep a run. He got knocked down and finished by Mark Hunt (11-10-1) in the very the first round after Hunt just glanced the back of Silva's ear with an almost completely missed right punch. I mentioned this a couple of times before, and I'm just gonna say this one last time -- Silva, you're legend of this sport but it's time for you to retire. You're too slow, you don't fight intelligently anymore and you needed drugs just to get a draw against Hunt in their first fight.
UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm - Full Results
Fight of the Night: Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey
Performance of the Night: Holly Holm and Kyle Noke
Main CardWomen's Bantamweight Title: Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey (c) | KO (head kick and punches) | R2 0:59
Women's Strawweight Title: Joanna Jędrzejczyk (c) def. Valérie Létourneau | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Heavyweight: Mark Hunt def. Antonio Silva | TKO (punches) | R1 1:19
Middleweight: Robert Whitaker def. Uriah Hall | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt def. Stefan Struve | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Preliminary CardLightweight: Jake Matthews def. Akbarh Arreola | TKO (doctor stoppage) | R2 5:00
Welterweight: Kyle Noke def. Peter Sobotta | TKO (strikes) | R1 2:01
Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante def. Anthony Perosh | KO (punch) | R1 2:56
Flyweight: Danny Martinez def. Richie Vaculik | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Middleweight: Dan Kelly def. Steve Montgomery | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Welterweight: Richard Walsh def. Steve Kennedy | Decision (unanimous) | 5 rounds
Welterweight: James Moontasri def. Anton Zafir | TKO (strikes) | R1 4:36
Flyweight: Ben Nguyen def. Ryan Benoit | Submission (rear-naked choke) | R1 2:35
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