An 18-1 underdog is basically a formality fight, wherein the underdog follows the script and goes out, the same as the way he or she went in – without fanfare. However, Holly Holm refused to follow the script and made her own ending. She was facing the meanest and dangerous fighter in the world in Ronda Rousey. The undefeated Rousey was the unbeatable champion who only fought 3 times out of her 12 victories beyond the 1 minute mark. She was knocking everyone out or putting her opponents into submission, in other words she was a class of her own. Nobody dared to fight the champion, and Ronda was never challenged. When everyone thought the undefeated Bethe Correia could give Ronda a good fight, Rousey responded with a knockout punch in just 34 seconds from the first round.
And here comes Holly Holm the undefeated MMA fighter who only fought 10 fights in MMA but is the more experience fighter between Ronda. Holms was a professional boxer with a record of 33-2-3, fighting 16 title defenses and won at 3 different weight classes. She also ventured into kickboxing with a decent 2-1 record before she entered MMA. A total of 50 professional fights compared to Rousey’s 12, and yet there are only a handful that gave Holly a chance in dethroning her.
Rousey’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan felt that his ward could outbox Holm. Which turn out to be a costly mistake when Holly was darting in and out landing with accuracy with Rousey didn’t have much of an answer. It was a bold statement to outbox a boxer, fighting on Holm’s strength instead of making her uncomfortable and took the match in the floor through submissions.
In the end, it was a kick in the head that ended the fight and became one of the biggest upset in UFC history.
Holly Holm is now the UFC Women’s bantamweight champion. Nobody expected her to win, nobody really thought of an upset… This was Ronda Rousey, the meanest and dangerous fighter in the world.
And Holly the 18-1 underdog just took her apart… without fanfare.