Ronda Rousey has proven to be one of the toughest athletes to ever step foot in the octagon. She likely faced more adversity in the training room than she has in the octagon within her last couple defenses walking into UFC 193, and her confidence was through the roof in every aspect of her game. Her trip into the octagon at UFC 190 lasted less than a minute as she knocked out heavy hitter Bethe Correia in devastating fashion, becoming one of the most talked about athletes in sports today.
At UFC 193, Holly Holm derailed Rousey’s path to perfection when she dealt “Rowdy” the first loss of her career. Rousey tried her best to out-strike the elite boxer Holm, but her gameplan didn’t unfold as she thought it would. Holm picked Rousey apart throughout the fight, dodging nearly every dangerous shot Rousey fired off. It wasn’t long before Rousey was on her back, vacantly staring at the lights as Holm celebrated over her unconcious body; The queen had been dethroned and the unthinkable had been done.
Of course, for those within Holm’s camp, it wasn’t the unthinkable, but rather the inevitable. For Ronda Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan, however, he feels for Rousey and her legion of fans. “I think for all the fans watching that love her and is a fan is heartbroken,” Edmond told ESPN in an interview after the fight. “I’m just staying strong now next to Ronda. There are no words I can say right now how I feel. It’s just, gotta be strong next to Ronda. That’s how I feel.”
Holm broke the bookies’ banks and introduced the idea that maybe Rousey wasn’t as invincible as they thought. Fans criticized Dana White for choosing Holm as Rousey’s next victim, but it seems to make a lot of sense now. Do you think Rousey will pick up the win in the instant rematch? Share your thoughts and make your predictions in the comment section below!