WATCH: Ronda Rousey predicted own KO loss in October
MANILA, Philippines – As the old adage goes: “Be wary with what comes out from your mouth.”
Former UFC women’s bantamweight titleholder Ronda Rousey seemed to have known exactly what Holm wanted to do to her as she prophesied that the ex-boxing world champion might knock her out with a head kick when she appeared as a guest on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this past October.
"She’s the type of fighter you have to be very patient with. She’s going to try to keep distance and keep far away from me and keep me frustrated and to the point where I’ll make a mistake and she’ll try to kick me in the head. But it’s not going to go like that," she said.
Holm defeated Rousey for the gold-plated strap in the main event of UFC 193 on Sunday, November 15 (Manila time) as she knocked out the previously-unbeaten fighter with a left head kick and polished her off with follow-up shots on the ground to compel referee Herb Dean to intervene at the 0:59 second mark of round two.
In arguably the biggest upset in the history of mixed martial arts, Holm fought the perfect fight as she set the tone by circling away from Rousey throughout the first round and countering with accuracy and power.
According to FightMetric statistics, Holm landed 38 of 53 significant strikes as she peppered Rousey with straight lefts, standing elbow shots and oblique kicks.
In addition, Holm utilized her length and height advantage against Rousey and managed to stay away from her opponent’s Judo wheelhouse.
On the other hand, Rousey did not follow her own advice as she never showed signs of patience.
As Rousey returned to her corner after the opening salvo with a bloody lip and a swelling nose and mouth, her response was more pressure in the second round, where she became even more vulnerable to Holm’s left straights and solid sidekick.
Holm torched her stumbling foe with a left high kick and punches, scoring a stoppage just 59 ticks into the second round and handing Rousey her first career defeat. – Rappler.com