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Holly Holm: new champion of the world

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The biggest stadium show in UFC history was host to one of the biggest upsets ever, as Holly Holm dethroned Ronda Rousey Saturday night with a stirring second-round knockout in the main event of UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
 


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“I had so much love and support,” Holm, the new UFC women's bantamweight champion, said. “I just felt like ‘how can I not do this?’ I had the best coaching, from stand-up to grappling, to wrestling.”

Holm, a multi-division world champion in boxing, becomes the first fighter to win major world titles in boxing and the UFC, stunning the former Olympic Bronze medalist who had dominated her previous 12 fights with relative ease. But it took a master class from Holm to dethrone Rousey.



An offer of a touch of gloves by Holm was refused by Rousey during referee Herb Dean’s instructions, but “The Preacher’s Daughter” got even quickly, sticking and moving effectively in the early going. In the second minute, Rousey finally closed the distance and clinched with Holm against the fence, but the challenger got free and went back to using every inch of the Octagon real estate. Midway through the frame, Rousey got a takedown and it looked like it might have been over, but again, Holm eluded trouble, rose to her feet and went back to work. And as the round progressed, Holm’s left wasn’t missing the target, and she even scored a takedown in the final minute. By the end of the round, Rousey was bloodied and breathing heavy.

After the worst round of her professional career, Rousey came out aggressively for the second, but her porous defense was about to be her downfall. As the opening minute came to a close, a straight left rocked Rousey, and as the Californian staggered, Holm cracked her with a flush left kick to the head. Rousey crumbled to the canvas - her head hitting the deck hard - and after three follow up punches, Dean stopped the fight at 59 seconds of round two, capping off the stunning upset.

With the win, the 34-year-old Holm ups her unbeaten record to 10-0; the 28-year-old Rousey falls to 12-1.

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