David has defeated Goliath! I am still amazed by Holly Holm's performance. Not only did she beat the pound-for-pound best WMMA fighter of all time, but she crushed her in two rounds!
Down Goes Rousey! Holly Holm Pulls Off The Biggest Upset In MMA History At UFC 193. Photo From Yahoo!Sports
Humble pie never tasted so good! Here are my thoughts on each fight of this awesome PPV:
Struve vs. Rosholt: As expected, Rosholt beat Struve. As expected, it was terrible. Rosholt won by taking Struve down and lying in side control for most of the fight. Rosholt would be better off changing his name to "The Big Slow", to quote the Rock. In contrast, if all Struve has in his fighting prime is "hit-and-stop" striking, then he needs to retire before he gets himself seriously hurt.
Winner: Jared "Big Show" Rosholt (unanimous decision)
Hall vs. Whitaker: The New Zealand workhorse looked great in this fight. He was aggressive from the opening bell and kept Hall on the defensive with boxing combos in the first two rounds. Even though Whitaker lost momentum in the second when the ref mistook a straight left that caught Hall in the eye for an eyepoke, he quickly regained it. Whitaker was particularly dominant in Round 3, swarming Hall at the start and causing "Prime Time" to cover up and turn his back. Other than a failed spinning attack in Round 1 that led to him falling on his back, Hall didn't do very much. Let's just say that I am off the "Prime Time" hype train for good after another timid performance.
Winner: Robert Whitaker (unanimous decision)
Hunt vs. Silva: "Super Samoan" proved me wrong with a first round knockout of "Bigfoot." All Hunt needed was a straight right that glanced off Bigfoot's head and another right on the ground to claim the victory in this rematch. On top of that, he thanked Jesus for his win, which I really appreciate. Will he challenge for gold again? Doubtful. But I would like to see him fight one more time before riding off into the sunset.
Winner: Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt (KO)
Jedrzejczyk vs. Letourneau: Instead of the lopsided beatdown I expected, we got a competitive kickboxing match in which Jedrzejczyk edged out Letourneau with 1-2 combos, intermittent flurries, and leg kicks. In my opinion, this was the "Fight of the Night" and both women should be proud of the show that they put on.
Winner (and still UFC women's strawweight champion): Joanna Jedrzejczyk (unanimous decision)
Rousey vs. Holm: The Preacher's Daughter Rises! The headkick KO I wished for came true, and I still can't believe it! Even before that, Holm completely outclassed Rousey, catching her with straight lefts and a couple of elbows while using her footwork to get out of the way whenever the champ went "raging bull" on her. She also outmuscled her in the clinch, only getting taken down once and successfully defending the armbar before getting back up. The beginning of the end was when, in Round 2, Holm ducked and slipped away when Rousey tried to rush her again, and "Rowdy" slipped, almost going face first into the cage. Then, after Holm shoved Rousey off when the champ tried to clinch with her again-
DOWN GOES ROUSEY!
A left headkick to Rousey's jaw sent the pound-for-pound best WMMA fighter crashing to the canvas. The hammerfists afterwards were merely a formality. "The Preacher's Daughter" not only rose to the occasion, she completely dominated. Everyone at Buffalo Wild Wings went crazy as we witnessed the biggest upset in MMA history.
Winner (and NEW UFC women's bantamweight champion): Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (KO)