At the heels of the biggest upset in recent history, the championship fight between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm broke all previous record confirms UFC big boss Dana White.
Ronda Rousey is “depressed” and “bummed out” after losing her UFC title to Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia but a rematch between the two is definitely on the cards confirms White.
“A rematch is what a lot of people want to see,” White said after Holm (10-0) knocked out Rousey (12-1) early in the second round with a terrifying left kick to the head leaving the former champion briefly unconscious and sent her to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.
Praising both the players, White says, “(Referring to Ronda) What this woman has done has never been done before. We’ve been doing this for 15 years with huge stars, and Ronda has broken every record.”
Confirming that people did not give Holly her due credit, White says, “Holly had 45 fights before and multiple world titles. She was totally calm and cool” and says that she has earned a phenomenal payroll.
“There will absolutely be a rematch. It’s the fight that makes sense,” says White.
Stating to Fox Sports 1 after the fight that it has been the biggest upset ever, White later revealed that after Rousey’s knockout of Brazil’s Bethe Correia on Aug. 1 he was initially considering Miesha Tate as the next foe for Rousey but after conversations with matchmakers inside UFC offices it was decided to bring in Holm considering Rousey had beaten Tate twice already and because Holm, a former world boxing champion had a one-inch height advantage over Rousey.
“I made this fight. This is the fight I went after,” White said. “Holly — we said it all the time — had the range, uses her distance very well, has great head kicks. Everything we talked about is essentially what went down.”
“The fight went down the way I thought it could go down … that’s the way I expected Holly to fight,” White said. “Obviously, I thought Ronda would have more answers.”
In the first round, Holm not only escaped from Rousey’s lethal grasps but also landed left-hand punches to Rousey’s head and buried a left elbow to her face. In the second round, a left-hand punch led Rousey to fall. As she rose, Holm, a former pro kickboxer unleashed a devastating left head kick knocking out Rousey 59 seconds into the round.
“I don’t think Ronda was exposed. I think Ronda got beat tonight,” White said.