Holm’s KO win over Rousey gets ‘Upset of the Year’ award at ESPYs
MANILA, Philippines – Aside from UFC featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor, another mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter has received a prestigious recognition at the 2016 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Awards.
Holly Holm (10-1) walked away with the “Best Upset” award for her stunning knockout victory over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November 2015.
The 34-year-old native of Albuquerque, New Mexico dethroned Rousey for the women’s bantamweight title by knocking out the previously-unbeaten competitor 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.
Other nominees for “Upset of the Year” included Middle Tennessee’s NCAA conquest of Michigan State and Roberta Vinci’s US Open win over Serena Williams.
The aforementioned ESPY citation was given to Holm during the annual awarding ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, July 13 (Thursday Manila time).
After sustaining her first professional MMA loss 4 months ago, Holm will have the opportunity to redeem herself as she is slated to lock horns with Valentina Shevchenko in the main event of UFC on FOX 20 on July 23.
Holm lost the UFC women’s bantamweight belt to Miesha Tate this past March, falling victim to a fifth-round rear-naked choke.
The women’s bantamweight championship picture took an interesting turn this weekend after Amanda Nunes submitted Tate with a first-round rear-naked choke to capture the gold-plated strap at UFC 200. – Rappler.com