After last night’s weigh-in, if you’re an MMA fan and weren’t already excited about watching Ronda Rousey take on a bonafide striking specialist, you are now. That weigh in was intense and in a few hours at UFC 193, we’ll get to see the culmination of that drama. Let’s get a closer look at these fighters, and then I’ll make my fight pick for UFC 193.
Holly Holm is undefeated in MMA at 9-0, but keep in mind she was a female professional boxing legend defending her title 18 times in 3 weight classes. She also has experience in kickboxing and has used that well in MMA. In MMA, she’s used her takedown defense to keep the fight just were she wants it, on her feet. As a matter of fact, her takedown defense is highly impressive as she’s stuffed 100% of takedown attempts.
Ronda Rousey is undefeated at 12-0. More impressively, she’s not only won every one of her UFC fights, she’s pretty much demolished her opponents. Rousey would have probably been undefeated with the skill set she came into the UFC with, but, she’s actually added a formidable striking game. Rousey now has no apparent holes in her game.
This fight is going to be Ronda Rousey’s biggest challenge. She’s never faced a striker with the resume that Holly Holm brings to the table. On the other hand, Holly Holm has never faced a grappler like Rousey! While both fighters are well rounded, this fight at UFC 193 is still going to be a classic grappler vs striker matchup with one fighter wanting to keep the fight standing, and the other, taking the fight into the grappling realm.
As I was watching the build up to the UFC 193, I started believing the Holly Holm hype, but then I watched her most recent MMA fight in which she took on Marion Reneau. Holm won a decision. Sure that’s great, but winning a decision agains a mediocre fighter hints to me that she’s going to have a lot of trouble versus a word class undefeated fighter that destroyed every one of her opponents.
Look for this fight to start a bit slow. Holly Holm is a smart fighter and with the help of Greg Jackson, you know she’ll have a good game plan. Starting slow and avoiding mistakes are most probably parts of that game plan. But, Ronda Rousey is just too good at this point in her career. Look for Rousey to find openings to get into the clinch and work from there. Sooner or later, Rousey will find the right opening to finish off Holly Holm just like she’s done in each and every one of her other fights.
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