Since the beginning of her athletic career, UFC Women’s Champion, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey has been making history everywhere she fights.
She became the first U.S. woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo, at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. She was also the last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.
For Saturday, November 14, seems that the #1 Women’s MMA Fighter of all time will add another chapter to history, as UFC 193 at the Etihad Stadium, is expected to be the biggest sporting event in Australia this year.
With a capacity of seating 70.000 fans, the PPV event at Melbourne could break UFC’s attendance record, which belongs to Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields, who headlined UFC 129 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, in 2011, with 55,724 attendants.
On the other hand, as the 28-year-old Judo Black Belt, makes her debut in Australia, she could defend her bantamweight title for the seventh consecutive time, increasing her already impressive record to 13-0.
Now, many say that defending a title is way harder than achieving one for the first time and even though 11 of Ronda’s 12 professional fights ended in the very first round, the professional boxer and kickboxer, Holy Holm, is expected to be her toughest test so far.
Born on October 17, 1981, in Sandia Heights in Albuquerque, New Mexico, “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holy Holm arrives in Melbourne undefeated as well and behind her an impressive boxing career during which, she defended her titles 18 times in three weight classes.
Holm made her mixed martial arts debut on March 4, 2011, against Christina Domke. Three years later she signed a five-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and now she is about to battle for the UFC Bantamweight title.
Clash of Styles
The Rousey vs. Holm fight is the classic grappler vs. striker battle. Nonetheless, every time Ronda steps inside the octagon, she shows amazing improvements in her fighting techniques, constantly adding new weapons to her arsenal. No wonder why she is 16-1 favorite.
However, Holm has proven to have amazing speed and power on her hands, and if she is able to keep distance between her and Rousey she might not only be the second fighter to resist more than two rounds in the octagon with “Rowdy”, but might even rip her belt away.
What is sure is that the Australian mix martial arts fans will enjoy one of the best events in a long time as another women’s title bout takes place. For the co-headliner fight, Strawweight UFC Champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk looks for her second title defense, when she takes on Valerie Letourneau.
If this is not enough, the fighting card also features the titan’s rematch of Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva. On their last bloodbath bout in December 2013, at UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, there was no winner. The fight ended in a draw decision. Therefore, and most probably, both of them are thinking of closing the unfinished business.