Ronda Rousey’s defeat leaves top title open for Holly Holm

By Dylan Astor  

  Nov. 14 was a very significant day in women’s mixed martial arts. The undefeated champion Ronda Rousey was to fight against the number nine contender Holly Holm for the Bantamweight Championship in Melbourne, Australia.

    Going into the fight, Rousey was heavily favored to win. She has never had a fight come to the judge’s decision. Her last three fights lasted a total of 64 seconds, two of which ended with Rousey knocking out the other contender. 

    The other fighter, Holm, had a tough challenge to overcome. Although Holm was 9-0 before entering the fight, she has never fought anyone on the same caliber as Rousey. Holm has knocked out just as many people as Rousey but is not as quick as her.

    During the weigh-in, things got heated after Rousey stepped off the scale and shoved her face right into Holm’s. Holm stated that she was ready to shock the world on Nov. 14 and that she was ready to fight. Rousey responded by saying, “On Sunday I’m going to show you why I am the champ.”

    The dreaded Sunday finally came. Most people were probably thinking, “Oh here comes another blood bath. Hopefully Holm makes it out of the first round.” To everyone’s surprise, it was the other way around. Holm was absolutely demolishing Rousey. Luckily, Rousey made it out of first round. The second round approached, and it picked up right where it left off in the first. Holm ended up giving Rousey a nice kick to the face, sending her to the ground. The referee ended up calling it once she became defenseless on the ground.

    Right when the fight ended, the audience could actually see the astonishment on Holm’s face. She had just defeated the arguably best women’s fighter in the world. 

    Rousey, however, was not so lucky. She was beaten around by Holm the entire fight. After the fight, she was transported to the hospital. Rousey’s lip was split in half, which needed to be sewn together. She is facing up to six months in suspension to heal her injuries.

    With the defeat of the great Ronda Rousey, there is now a new champ in town. Holly Holm is ready to defend her title spot against anyone, at anytime.

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