For your average mixed martial arts (MMA) fan watching the main event of UFC 193 last night (Sat., Nov. 14, 2015), the reaction to seeing Holly Holm dethrone women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey via brutal head kick knockout was probably something along the lines of unintelligible screaming followed by the pinching of skin to see if it weren't just some bizarre dream.
Or maybe that was just me.
To watch Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm full fight video highlights from UFC 193 last night click here!
At any rate, how did the pros who actually do this for a living reaction to seeing the once dominant, seemingly indomitable champion fall to the canvas cold? The fighters and former fighters who know what it's like to put everything on the line?
I think you'll find they had a somewhat similar reaction. Look below:
I know Ronda is scary but I wouldn't like to fight Holm tonight! She's fired up!— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) November 15, 2015
Holly is going to knock her out.— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) November 15, 2015
Holly Holm is the baddest women on the planet!!! #UFC193— Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) November 15, 2015
Rousey is out cold. She is still out. Wow.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 15, 2015
Holy shit! Holmes left kick! #UFC193— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) November 15, 2015
Aaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) November 15, 2015
Not surprised. Jus sayin. Listen to my podcast. I called it weeks ago.— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) November 15, 2015
I've never wanted to come read Twitter more in my life— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) November 15, 2015
Holy shit that was nasty— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouseUFC) November 15, 2015
Upset of the decade! Holm is an absolute assassin. Most amazing game plan execution and performance I've seen in a while. #UFC193— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) November 15, 2015
Hoooooooley shit!— Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) November 15, 2015
Holy shit what a perfectly executed Plan !!!! Holly Holme— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) November 15, 2015
I was just complaining that " I fuckin wasted $60 on this PPV!" Then Holly Holm walked out and handled it! Damn! Still in shock— joey beltran (@mexicutioner760) November 15, 2015
Still in shock about Holm knock out #UFC193— Darren Elkins (@DarrenElkinsMMA) November 15, 2015
"THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UNDERDOG! Once the bell rings it 50/50... We ALL have our chances" -yours truly ;-) #UFC193— David Loiseau (@DavidLoiseau) November 15, 2015
Joe Lauzon is a true oracle.