Holly Holm of the United States celebrates victory over Ronda Rousey

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  1. In hindsight, Rousey will be remembered as a pioneer, similar to Royce Gracie, for her contribution to WMMA during its developmental stages in the UFC. The amount of hagiography and hype surrounding Rousey (pre UFC 193) was unprecedented, particularly for a woman competing in MMA. She would not be able to compete with any of the top 5 women on the bantamweight roster.

  2. Sorry Siri, I wholeheartedly disagree with you. The simplest way of looking at it was the odds were nearly triple for Rousey as they were for GSP. Odds aren’t everything, so I’ll continue.

    I don’t know how you say Holm comfortably defeated Raquel Pennington, who at the time, was not even in the top 10. She barely got by her via split decision and many think she should have lost. Her performance against Marion Reneau, who also was not in the top 10, was as you said, “uninspired,” at best.

    In the meantime, Rousey rolled through Zingano, who had beaten both Tate (who later beat Holm) and current champ Nunes, and Davis, who also had beaten Nunes, and McMann, who was an Olympic Gold medalist, in less than 2 minutes for the 3 of them, or less than 40 seconds per opponent. That kind of dominance had not been seen in MMA. Not even Cyborg, who was competing against far less competent opponents, was averaging that fast a finishing rate.

    You imply that the BW division was far weaker during Rousey’s reign, than it is today. Far from it. The top 7 fighters had all won at least 5 out of their last 6 fights. In most cases, that sole loss was to Rousey. Pennington, who again was not even in the top 10, just competed for the title, although admittedly both she and Nunes are better fighters now than they were then.

    Holm made a remarkable turnaround in combative skills with Rousey, some think suspiciously so, while Rousey was delusionally over-confident in her striking skills, having KO’ed 3 out of her last 4 opponents averaging less than a minute each, and listening to the media and her coach telling her she was the greatest thing in women’s striking, while going on media blitz after media blitz. It was a perfect storm for an upset, but one few saw coming.

  3. JR – YUEN- 100% Concur.

    Moreover, i completely disagree with the writer’s opinion. It was by far, if not the biggest upset in mma history. Rousey had that invincibility aura and gathered more attention than all of the dominant male champions in UFC but 1, that included filling the house, highest ppv sales, selling out meet & greets and straight down the pipeline to sports illustrated, espys, and of course her true downfall to the sport – Hollywood.

    She was exceptionally great, infact the best judo player in the sport. Her fans complained and nagged 24/7 about how she only used the armbar and wanted her to strike. So she focused on that for a bit instead of her base in judo which shot her to stardom. She got 3 kos/tkos via knees and punches and everyone then hyped her to be the baddest woman on the planet. Indeed, during that time – she was. Rousey, let it get to her head to the point where she thought she could take on a multi world champion kick boxer / boxer via standup techniques, albeit, she stated prefight that if anyone were to beat her it would be Holm. Not only that but she stopped training full time for Hollywood and world travels thinking noone could test her talent. This by the way is not an opinion, it’s exactly what happened. Then fight night came and Rousey did just that, she stood to throw punches with arguably one of the best female boxers in history and it did not work out, not even remotely. Rousey was clipped from the start but continued to throw punches without headmovement, then she was clipped again and again eventually going into Judo auto mode which didn’t work with her “half there” consciousness. Boom! And another one… Stumbles to the mat only to stand up and turn into a vicious neck kick. History was made and that was Hollys only big win to this date. Hell Miesha beat her after.. ?? I call it a lucky night. If Rousey would’ve rushed in and used Judo, Holm would’ve been a gonner. I say this because Holm is factually a distance fighter that counterstrikes, she backs away from her opponents and does not like them close, so Rousey’s Judo wouldve have dismantled her fighting style or ability to even strike, and at that time Holm had no ground game which Tate exploited thoroughly. That was & is a 50/50 fight dependent on Rondas game plan. Anyway, after that loss Rousey lost herself – suicide thoughts etc. She clearly was not a fighter anylonger after that loss and mental breakdown as we viewed with the Nunes fight where she stood there and did absolutely nothing in offense or defense, she literally froze.

    Anyway, Rousey recently received her 6th degree black belt in Judo, working on her 7th, and trains full time wrestling with real life olympic gold medalist. I’ll guarantee you, Mr opinionated writer, that Rousey is still in the top 5 if she were to come back to the UFC tomorrow.

    For fun – my favorite fighters:

    Ferguson, Holm, Wilde, Mackenzie Dern, Cyborg, Alvarez, Tatiana Suarez, Shevchenko, Dillishaw and of course the retired Rowdy one.

    1. . . . in order.
      1. Having an aura of invincibility is not the same thing as being actually invincible. I address that.
      2. I’ve brought up quality of opposition, which is why I think she was great but not some kind of god. Who you stomp matters more than how you stomp them.
      3. Believing a hypothetical scenario in which Rousey validates your belief by doing x,y,z is cute. Because she didn’t do it in that fight.
      4. You wanna believe in Rousey, go for it. Doesn’t change what the fight was or the fact that many people correctly viewed Holmes as Rousey’s most difficult fight. And we were right.

      But by all means, keep shaking your fists at ghosts.