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Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey was scheduled to fight #8 Holly Holm on January 2nd in Las Vegas but thanks to a thumb injury to current Welterweight champion, Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler prevents the main event from taking place.
As stated in the Tweet above, the new main event will take place in the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Dana White released the news first on SportsCenter and went on to say. “Rousey vs Holm is main event at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. We’ll break all-time attendance record for an MMA event.”. The previous record was in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Rogers Centre at UFC 129: St. Pierre vs Shields.
The fight that was originally planned was looking as being a all-female card as the Woman’s Strawweight Championship was supposed to be on the line in the co-main event as the defending champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk would go toe-to-toe with Claudia Gadelha but that battle might be postponed due to an injury to Gadelha.
Rousey’s seventh title defence is against Holly Holm, a world-class striker, who is coming off recent victories over Raquel Pennington and Marion Reneau. Holm is a two-time female fighter of the year, (2005, 2006), she has held the Woman’s Welterweight boxing champion. Holly retired from boxing to fully focus her time and training into MMA on May 11th, 2013. Both females are undefeated in the sport of MMA and each feel that they will retire undefeated.
“Rowdy’ is looking to pick up her 13th consecutive win on the night of November 14th. After a stellar knockout win over Bethe Correia on Aug.1st, there are still some doubters on her striking ability. Her stance, footwork, and punching technique, might be a disadvantage versus Holm. In Ronda’s last four contests, it has taken her a combined 130 seconds and Rousey has won 12 wins in 25 minutes, 54 seconds.
My reasoning to why this fight is better sooner than later is due to the fact that fans enjoy watching Ronda fight. Even though it might come in a matter of seconds, people tend to tune in and start to believe the hype of Rousey’s next opponent. Hopefully Robbie Lawler’s thumb will be 100% by January 2nd so that fight can still take place. Lawler was going to headline the UFC 193 card against former title challenger, Carlos Condit.
UFC 193: Rousey vs Holm is now looking like the following courtesy of MMAJunkie.com:
- Champ Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm – for women’s bantamweight title
- Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
- Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker
- Jared Rosholt vs. Stefan Struve
- Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews
- Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
- Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante
- Ricardo Abreu vs. Daniel Kelly
- Steven Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh
- Brendan O’Reilly vs. William Macario