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Former professional "world champion" boxer Holly Holm was pursued -- and then signed -- by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for the sole purpose of providing dominant women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, with a viable, marketable contender.
"Preacher's Daughter," however, more than likely didn't expect it to come so soon, serving as the main event of UFC 193 last night (Sat., Nov. 14, 2015) inside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, just two fights -- and 10 months -- into her Octagon tenure.
She probably didn't expect to need less than two rounds to become THE NEW undisputed 135-pound women's champion, either. That's not a typo ... and neither is the headline. Holm defied the long odds, scoring a savage second round knockout of the most dominant UFC champion today with a headkick to the neck.
It was a stunning conclusion to a bout that looked like no other in the career of Rousey, who sloppily chased Holm around the cage with her hands down, eating countless left hands and unable to get her down to the mat for any considerable amount of time.
In fact, it was Holm who actually scored a takedown, but she was wise enough to get back to her feet before Rousey could do her thing. Between rounds one and two, Rousey's corner inexplicably praised her strategy rather than advising her to calm down ... or at least not be so reckless against a precision counterstriker.
A precision counterstriker who knows how to kick ... HARD.
In round two, a side kick from Holm found its mark, setting up the sequence that led to the shocking finish. In a scramble, Holm ducked a Rousey punch, landed a grazing shot, while "Rowdy" slid past her and onto the ground. With her back turned -- and possibly dazed (definitely confused) -- the 34-year-old landed a clean headkick that dropped Rousey like a sack of potatoes. Holm followed it up with punches, but it was clear that Rousey was unconscious, blood dripping from her mouth.
That's right, Holly Holm is UFC's new women's Bantamweight queen. And if this fight is any indication, she may hold that title for some time. Wow, what an incredible, dominating performance. I still can't believe it's real.
Holm remains undefeated at 10-0, while Rousey drops to 12-1.