Undisputed UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has stunned the MMA world – again. In defiance of public expectation she has announced her next title defence will be against American Holly Holm.
But the superstar announced on breakfast television that Holm would be given the honour.
“She ‘s the most decorated striker we have in all of mixed martial ars,” said Rousey about Holm.
“Not the women’s division, not the bantamweight division. She’s a 19-time boxing champion. Holly Holm was The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound Fighter of the Year, and definitely my biggest challenge to date. I’m super excited about it.
“She’s not the average chick I would fight. She’s the best striker I’ve ever fought, and striking is something I learned much later in my career.
“I can take anybody. I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there. No one’s easy until you beat them. Holly Holm is the type ready to go 12 boxing rounds.
“I don’t ever expect the fights to be easy and fast.
“A lot of the guys you see, the first round is more of a feel-out period, and they’re both kind of sizing them up and taking their time.
“There’s no feel-out period in my fights. It starts right away. You don’t know what’s going to happen, and the first exchange is the most dangerous.”
You can say that again Ronda!
The champion’s last three title defences have lasted a combined 64 seconds! She holds the perfect record of 12-0 with only one of those fights going to the second round. Her last fight, against Bethe Correia at UFC 190 lasted a mere 34 seconds.
Holm is also undefeated with a UFC record of 9-0. She is four years older than Rousey, at 33; and has most recently won a decision victory against Marion Reneau.
Holm has slipped under the radar thus far. Her 33-2-3 (with nine knockouts) record from professional boxing hasn’t yet got the respect it deserves in the UFC.
It appears that’s about to change.