UFC upset: Rousy rocked, knocked out Down Under
Posted Sunday, November 15, 2015, at 11:10 AM
Photo: USA Today.
SYDNEY — Who is Holly Holm? Yesterday, she was just another fighter. Today, she is a household name: the woman that vanquished the unbeatable Ronda Rousey.
Defeat finally catches up with Rousey (12-1), as she is forced to endure her dreaded "Buster Douglas" moment. Holm (10-0) knocked out Rousey last night, with a powerful head-kick in the second round, to win the UFC women's bantamweight title.
"I have to say that everything that we worked on presented itself in the fight. Every kind of grab that she tried to get and clinch on the cage. I have not spent this much time in the gym before any fight in my life," Holm said.
Rousey had been dominating all of her opponents in the UFC and her last last three fights lasted a combined 64 seconds. "She's won a lot of fights and imposed her will on a lot of fighters," Holm said. "So I expected her to be aggressive and impose her will on me.
So, how did the 34-year-old Holm manage the upset last night in Australia? "I just felt like how could I not do this?" Holm said. "I have the best coaching from stand-up to grappling to wrestling. Look at this time right here; this right here is priceless."
Of her 12 victories, since joining the UFC in 2012, Rousey had won three by knockout and nine via submission. But she could never seize a serious advantage over Holm. "She had me on the cage for a minute and obviously she was trying in for a take down right there ... she had a lot of things she was trying so I'm just glad I put in the practice," said Holm.
Holm's career as a fighter spans far beyond mixed martial arts. She was an accomplished boxer with a a record of 33-2-3 (9 KOs) and incurred a brief stint as a kickboxer, before engaging in the UFC.
Now, the whole world knows about the not so innocuous "Preacher's Daughter."