The mixed martial arts (MMA) world was thrown upside down last night (November 14, 2015) when now former dominant women’s bantamweight champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey was shockingly knocked out cold by the new 135-pound queen Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm in the main event of UFC 193 from Australia.
The former Olympian had seemingly run through everything put in front of her throughout her career thus far, but Rousey just didn’t look like Rousey last night. Holm, a 19-time boxing world champion, put together a perfect game plan and executed it brilliantly, picking apart, and battering the ex-champ.
The shock and uproar was apparent, and the questions began to run rampant especially towards UFC president Dana White, as to just what his thoughts were, and what may potentially be next.
White seemed to be just as shocked as the rest of us, as he was also taking in a record breaking night for his promotion with a new attendance record being recorded in Melbourne.
Although he didn’t say much, White did indicate at the post fight press conference that an immediate rematch for Rousey would most likely make the most sense:
“I mean, obviously we don’t make fights the night of the fight, but the rematch makes a lot of sense,” he said. “The rematch is what people would want to see. It changes a lot of things now. The Cyborg fight … some other stuff we were working on.”
The UFC boss was undoubtedly right when he touched on the oft-spoke about Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg potential super fight, as that bout now seems to be a distant idea. However, upsets happen and especially in a sport like fighting, but according to White, these are the moments that live on forever:
“These are the moments in fighting that make it so crazy and so fun,” he said. “Tonight was one of those moments.”
Although some of White’s plans may have been shattered after last night, it’s clear that Holm vs. Rousey 2 will be an absolutely massive rematch, and it seems to be headed straight for next July’s UFC 200 mega event.
Will the “Rowdy” one be able to regain her title or is Holm simply the queen at 135-pounds?