Ronda Rousey will put her belt on the line once again at UFC 193, in the historic Etihad Stadium show against Holly Holm. The dominant women’s bantamweight boss has six straight UFC finishes, is undefeated at 12-0, and is fresh off a stunning UFC 190 finish over bitter rival Bethe Correia. The former boxing champion Holm has long been pegged for the title fight with Rousey since her crossover in to MMA, although fans of a Miesha Tate trilogy maker may disagree.
It was announced during the GO BIG presser that Joanna Jedzerjczyk would face Valerie Letorneau at UFC 193 this afternoon (Friday September 4., 2015). ‘Rowdy’ fielded questions from the press in attendance, and here are some of the best quotes as transcribed by your truly:
“I’m really encouraged by the progress that we’ve seen. Dana once said that women would never fight in the UFC, and now he’s entrusting us to break the attendance record in the what was it? The 70,000 seater stadium at the Etihad? Yeah let’s do it!, I’m honored to fight on the same card as Joanna (Jedzerjczyk)”
“It’s a lot of pressure, but I’ve accomplished things that many believed were not possible. I’m not done making history yet.”
It will certainly be a massive event for the UFC and also women’s MMA, as the two staple female fighters of the promotion at the forefront of an historic event in Australia.
Rousey’s undeniable influence on MMA is otherworldly, and many believe that Joanna champion could be her strawweight equivalent. With both going head-to-head with very dangerous contenders, as well as the huge backdrop of the event, could we indeed have a female-led record breaking event for the UFC?