Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will look to eclipse its high water mark for attendance (55,724, UFC 129) when it hits Melbourne, Australia, for the first time ever later this evening (Sat., Nov. 14, 2015).
And it's leaning on its biggest superstar, women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, to pack the 60,000-seat Etihad Stadium to its gills. To check out a sneak peek of what the Octagon will look like tonight in the cavernous open-air venue click here.
Rousey stepped up (again) on relatively short notice (2.5 months) to rescue the UFC 193 main event when Welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler, was forced to withdraw from the pay-per-view (PPV) headlining act opposite Carlos Condit because of a hand injury.
"Rowdy" will put her 135-pound belt -- and undefeated professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record (12-0) -- on the line against former professional boxing champion, Holly Holm. Holm, likewise, is undefeated in MMA (9-0); however, she has never faced such stiff competition to date in her rather brief career.
In fact, it's not even close -- Rousey is a straight up killer, proving time and again that she is light years ahead of her contemporaries. Nonetheless, she was lured to the organization with the sole purpose of stockpiling viable challengers for Rousey.
Does she have a chance? Of course, it's MMA. But, it's not a very promising one.
The same can be said for Valerie Letourneau, unfortunately, who has the unenviable task of trying to derail Polish power-punching psychopath (in the cage), Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who has terrorized the Strawweight division since she captured the 115-pound title earlier this year. Letourneau is a fringe Top 10-ranked fighter (No. 8) and was offered the match more or less because No. 1-ranked contender, Claudia Gadelha, is dealing with injuries.
Also on the PPV docket is a Heavyweight rematch between ageless veterans Mark Hunt, 41, and "Bigfoot" Antonio Silva, 36, who dueled to a blood-soaked, incredible draw in Dec. 2013. The epic encounter was marred weeks later, however, when "Bigfoot" failed his post-fight drug test.
When it's all said and done -- if nothing else -- UFC 193 is going to be super fun to watch, including the eight "Prelims" undercard matches on Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 that will set the table earlier this evening.
Check out the complete UFC 193 line up below:
UFC 193 PPV Main Event:
135 lbs.: Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm (Estimated 12:30 a.m. ET start time)
UFC 193 PPV Co-Main Event:
115 lbs.: Women's Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau
UFC 193 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
265 lbs.: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
185 lbs.: Uriah Hall vs. Robert Whittaker
265 lbs.: Jared Rosholt vs. Stefan Struve
UFC 193 Prelims on FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews
170 lbs.: Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
205 lbs.: Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante
125 lbs.: Danny Martinez vs. Richie Vaculik
UFC 193 Prelims on Fight Pass (6 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Steven Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh
185 lbs.: Daniel Kelly vs. Steve Montgomery
170 lbs.: James Moontasri vs. Anton Zafir
125 lbs.: Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen
For the latest, LIVE updates and UFC 193: "Rousey vs. Holm" results TONIGHT click here.
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