"None of us are invincible."
Holly Holm destroyed Ronda Rousey by second-round knockout (head kick) in the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) main event last night (Sat., Nov. 14, 2015), which took place inside the jam-packed Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Consider that an early Christmas present for Miesha
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After the fight, which saw Holm exit stage left with the 135-pound strap fastened snugly around her chiseled waist, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan called it one of the biggest upsets in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA), akin to Matt Serra's finish over Georges St. Pierre way back in 2007.
Hard to disagree, considering the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion was as high as a -2000 favorite heading into "The Outback."
I guess Cristiane Justino can take her time with that cut to 135 pounds.
What's interesting about this fight is how lopsided it was, especially when you consider all the talk coming from the Rousey camp over the past few years. You know, that stuff about "Rowdy" winning a gold medal -- in boxing -- at the Olympics.
Oh, and there's this little gem.
But Rousey's loss, to me, was more closely related to Chris Weidman's finish over Anderson Silva. Not because the Olympian was clowning around the cage or talking all sorts of smack, but rather because her camp convinced her she was the bionic woman.
Better than any opponent in any facet of the game.
As we saw against Holm, she wasn't. Rousey tried to stand-and-trade with the former pugilist and got picked apart. Her one or two attempts to get the fight to the ground were fruitless, and there didn't appear to be a back-up plan. Instead it was run forward, throw sloppy punches, and hope for the best.
She got the worst.
What's equally troubling is that Rousey's head coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, told her how "great" she was doing after round one, despite getting lit up by counter punches from her fleet-footed foe and failing to implement any sort of grappling attack.
Maybe he got the two fighters confused?
Nevertheless, Holm's upset busts open the division and lets new challengers in the door. Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena are both ranked in the top five and "The Preacher's Daughter" has yet to face the aforementioned Tate, a durable wrestler with a decade of experience.
And somewhere in the shadows of Invicta, lurks a Brazilian "Cyborg."
Rousey is expected to take a few months off to get her head together, as well as film a couple of new movie roles. That will give Holm and Co. some time to shake things up a bit before granting "Rowdy" an inevitable rematch, probably at one of the promotion's bigger shows.
The epic UFC 200 mega-event sounds about right to me.
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