Ronda Rousey to defend UFC title against Holly Holm

MANILA, Philippines - Ronda Rousey will defend her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight title for the seventh time against Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 195 on January 3, 2016 (January 2 in US) at the 16,800-seater MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 5-round championship clash between Rousey and Holm was announced by UFC president Dana White on Friday, August 21 via Twitter.

Jan 2nd @RondaRousey vs @_HOLLYHOLM for the women's bantamweight title at the @MGMGrand in Las Vegas. #UFC195 @UFC pic.twitter.com/DAzPx9h0el — Dana White (@danawhite) August 21, 2015

Universally recognized as the top mixed martial arts (MMA) female fighter in the world today, Rousey (12-0) is coming off a 34-second knockout of Bethe Correia at this month’s UFC 190 pay-per-view event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

After she savagely defeated Correia in front of her countrymen, UFC officials announced that Rousey would meet Miesha Tate for the third time.

Tate, the only woman that has made it out of the first round versus Rousey, became the no.1 contender after earning a unanimous decision victory over Jessica Eye this past July.

However, the world’s premier MMA promotion apparently decided to go a different direction and chose Holm as Rousey’s next opponent.

Holm (9-0) inked an exclusive contract with the UFC in July 2014 and had two successful Octagons outings this year, edging Raquel Pennington via split decision this past February before outpointing Marion Reneau by unanimous decision five months later.

At 33 years old, “The Preacher’s Daughter” has long been considered a tough test for Rousey’s bantamweight trinket.

“She’s definitely my biggest challenge to date, so I’m super excited about it,” Rousey said on the morning show Good Morning America.

Prior to her MMA stint, Holm was already a force to be reckoned with during her boxing days, amassing 33-2-3 slate and capturing 18 titles in 3 separate weight classes. – Rappler.com