The bantamweight title clash between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm will headline this Saturday’s UFC 193. Melbourne, Australia’s Etihad Stadium will host the event and is expected to draw over 60,000 people, the largest crowd to ever witness a UFC event. Rousey is likely to dispatch of Holm with an ease that she’s displayed time and time again. The combative nucleus inside the octagon, however, is hardly the reason why fans will fork over their hard-earned money to tune in on fight night.
[adinserter block=”1″]Ronda Rousey’s name on the marquee represents an event, a happening, a sight that needs to be seen. The fact that it’s a world title prize fight is ancillary to the masses. Rousey isn’t sold on championship pedigree, but on dominance fueled by a particular narrative. Sara McMann is the more accomplished Olympian, Bethe Correia made it personal, and Miesha Tate is the grizzled veteran who was going put the “Rowdy One” in her place. Rousey didn’t just beat them, she won in a fashion that made you wonder why they ever stepped in the cage with her.
Holly Holm brings something different to the equation that’s intriguing to buy, but to a degree, difficult to believe. WBA, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine Female Fighter of the Year; Boxing’s promotional acronyms and accolades that highlight Holm’s elite résumé as one of the greatest practitioners of the sweet science. After ten years between the ropes, her transition to the cage created a lot of buzz as each victory within its confines produced an inevitable question. When is the UFC going to sign Holly Holm?
The New Mexico native put pen to paper earlier this year and since has amassed a diluted 2-0 record due to performances that were a far cry from the ones that garnered her so much attention. It hardly seems fair to criticize a fighter for winning, but in MMA, you’re only as good as your last fight which is a criteria judged upon not only if you win but how you win.
Holm has displayed a more methodical approach in the octagon, as opposed to the ferocity and finishing rate she exhibited outside of the UFC. Also, being ranked number seven doesn’t inspire much confidence especially since Rousey has already ran through the majority of the top ten.
So how does Holly Holm beat Ronda Rousey on at UFC 193? Rousey has shown an affinity for boxing as of late. Boxing is in Holm’s wheelhouse and is a weakness that could be exploited. Rousey doesn’t give her opponents much room to operate, so Holm needs to match the champion’s aggression and keep her guessing by mixing it up with punches and kicks while keeping the fight in the center of the cage.
[adinserter block=”2″]If Holly Holm were to beat Ronda Rousey, it would not only setup a blockbuster rematch but it would give the UFC another marketable champion that people would clamor to. Anything can happen in a fight, but Ronda Rousey is a sports phenomenon unlike the world has ever seen. While her star power continues to rise, Rousey knows that fighting is what brought all of this to her table. Losing at this junction is not an option.
Rousey will pressure Holm early, and eventually trap her up against the cage where the challenger’s pugilistic skill will be inert. Ronda Rousey will finish Holly Holm via submission to conclude what will be a good story within a thin book.