Back in November of 2015, in the main of UFC 193, Holly Holm shocked the world by knocking out seemingly unbeatable women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey with a second-round head kick. Her victory was emphatic enough that it kept Rousey out of action for more than a year.
Eventually, of course, Rousey made her long awaited return to the cage. She made this return in the main event of UFC 207, when she took on reigning women’s bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes. Regrettably for Rousey and her legions of fans, however, this comeback fight with Nunes would go even worse than her fight with Holm did, as she was mauled to a TKO in just 48 seconds.
In the weeks since this loss, there has been widespread speculation as to whether Rousey will ever fight again. In the opinion of Mike Winkeljohn, who serves as one of Holm’s main coaches in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this is unlikely. Winkeljohn shared his opinion on Rousey’s recent slump in an interview with Submission Radio.
“I think Holly broke her,” Winkeljohn said. “I think Ronda was on top of the world and Holly broke her, because when she came out for Amanda [Nunes] she just wasn’t the same fighter by any means. Not taking anything away from Amanda, but Ronda, she didn’t have anything, she just wasn’t there. She was just basically waiting for the end in essence once she couldn’t find a way to grab her. And she did the same thing she’s done before in the past, reaching out with her left arm and trying to corral. It was just a one-sided fight just like I said. I think she’s done.”
Holm will next step into the cage on February 11, when she takes on Germaine de Randamie in the UFC’s first ever women’s featherweight title fight.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/3/2017.