When Holly Holm knocked Ronda Rousey out cold at UFC 193, one of the biggest sports upsets in recent memory had been completed. The defending champion was such an overwhelming favorite that Vegas had the odds placed at -2000 for Rousey at one point on Saturday.
The most stunning thing about the upset was the way it happened. It wasn’t as if Holm barely scraped by with some fluke win. Instead, Holm dominated the first round before delivering a powerful knockout kick early in round two.
Rousey’s strategy was clearly to come out on the attack and end the fight early. That strategy ended up being what caused her downfall though, as her aggression left her exposed and allowed Holm to counter and land a number of clean blows.
The strange part is, Rousey knew this was a real possibility. When she talked to Jimmy Fallon in October, she foreshadowed almost exactly what would end up happening in UFC 193. She said about Holm:
“She’s the type of fighter you have to be very patient with. She’s going to try to keep distance and keep far away from me and keep me frustrated and to the point where I’ll make a mistake and she’ll try to kick me in the head—but it’s not going to go like that.”
Sorry, Ronda. It did go like that.