The world awakes to find out that the once unbeatable Ronda Rousey was stopped by gracious underdog Holly Holm in front of 56,214 at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
It broke the UFC’s attendence record, it set a new gate record at the Etihad ($6.8 million US.) however, it saw one of the UFC’s biggest stars taste defeat for the very first time inside the Octagon.
Many questioned whether or not Holm had the heart to keep her range and exercise the brilliant kickboxing she is known for. Many of Rousey’s previous opponents have had strong gameplans but crumbled under the pressure of MMA’s biggest spotlight.
Holm would be the first to excel.
It took two rounds for the former Boxing world champion to insert her dominance and shock the world with her showcase over Olympic Judoka Rousey.
Jackson and Winkeljohn’s Holm; who has had the support of her entire camp for the entire build-up, defied the odds and finished Rousey with a deadly high kick, sending the long-time champion into a pool of unconsciousness.
Silence fell upon the Etihad, as just over 56,000 pondered upon what they had just witnessed. Rousey is no longer untouchable and Holm has forged her place in mixed martial arts history.
Diamonds are forever and now, so is Holly Holm.
UFC 193 Main Card (BT Sport 2)
Women’s Bantamweight Title: Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey (c) via KO (head kick and punches) (Round 2 – 0:59)
Women’s Strawweight Title: Joanna Jędrzejczyk (c) def. Valérie Létourneau via Decision (unanimous) (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
Heavyweight: Mark Hunt def. Antonio Silva via TKO (punches) (Round 1 – 1:19)
Middleweight: Robert Whitaker def. Uriah Hall via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt def. Stefan Struve via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
UFC 193 Preiminary Card (BT Sport 2)
Lightweight:Jake Matthews def. Akbarh Arreola via TKO (doctor stoppage) (Round 2 – 5:00)
Welterweight: Kyle Noke def. Peter Sobotta via TKO (front kick to the body and punches) (Round 1 – 2:01)
Light-Heavyweight: Gian Villante def. Anthony Perosh via KO (punch) (Round 1 – 2:56)
Flyweight: Danny Martinez def. Richie Vaculik via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
UFC 193 Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Middleweight: Dan Kelly def. Steve Montgomery via Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Welterweight: Richard Walsh def. Steve Kennedy via Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Welterweight: James Moontasri def. Anton Zafir via TKO (spinning back kick, spinning back fist and punches) (Round 1 – 4:36)
Flyweight: Ben Nguyen def. Ryan Benoit via Submission (rear-naked choke) (Round 1 – 2:35)