Holm, 34, presents a compelling challenge for Rousey in the fact that she has boxing experience the bantamweight champ has never really seen before. In her first two UFC fights against Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau, “The Preacher’s Daughter” grinded out wins via decision, throwing a lot of punches and avoiding all takedowns.
Having similar success in her takedown defense will be key against Rousey, the former Judo Olympic bronze medalist who is at her most dangerous when she is able to get opponents to the ground and lock them into her armbar. Nine of her 12 MMA victories have ended via armbar submission, with eight of those coming in the first round.
Of course, that being said, Rousey doesn’t really mind staying on her feet, either. Just ask Bethe Correia, her last opponent who managed to keep the fight upright but still lost in 34 seconds thanks to Rousey’s unbelievable hand speed (fight starts at the 3:22 mark in video below):
It never seems possible, but Rousey continues to get better. She has shown the versatility to beat opponents in a variety of ways, and even a boxing match against a former boxer shouldn’t bring her much discomfort.
Still, even though we pretty much know what’s coming, Rousey inside the Octagon has become a must-watch event no matter who she’s facing.
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