UFC supremo Dana White is falling over himself praising Ronda Rousey.
Robbie Lawler’s injured thumb prevented his title defence against Carlos Condit in Melbourne. Suddenly White had an event with no headline fighters.
Rousey was already scheduled to fight on January 2, but White thought he might at least try to convince her to move the bout forward six weeks.
“I swear on my life,” said White to Iole, “I called her today when I thought something might happen and I said to her, ‘Hypothetically speaking …
“She interrupts me and said, ‘I’ll do whatever you need me to do.’
“So I laugh and I’m telling her how much I love that attitude and I’m going on and she stops me again and says, ‘Hey, so what’s up? What do you need?’
“She’s incredible. In 15 years of doing this, I’ve never seen anyone remotely like this woman.”
Fans’ reactions to the announcement of Rousey coming to Australia were off the charts. There, quite literally, is no one with her star power.
However, many are now lamenting the choice of Holm as an opponent. While Holm is a decorated striker, a veteran fighter, and an up-and-comer in the women’s UFC bantamweight division many think it is too early for her to step into the Octagon against the untouchable Ronda Rousey.