A gargantuan underdog against the greatest women’s fighter roaming the planet, Holly Holm flipped the script and absolutely demolished Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 on Saturday night, evaporating the now former champion’s mystique with a beautiful, perfectly-placed head kick.
Holm’s vastly superior technical striking was on display for most of the six-minute affair, as “The Preacher’s Daughter” easily circled away from Rousey’s wild, sloppy advances, while lighting up “Rowdy” with surgically precise combinations.
After quite possibly dropping the first round of her career, a rabid Rousey foolishly chased Holm around the cage to start the second stanza, only to have the calm challenger play matador to the champion’s tactless advances. Holm answered with heavy shots until finally felling Rousey like a redwood with a spectacular, promotion-altering head kick.
Rousey was transported to a local hospital after the match, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.