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Rousey calls Holm “biggest challenge to date”

Holly Holm

Despite Amanda Nunes’ first round submission victory over a top-five ranked opponent in Sara McMann and Dana White previously saying Miesha Tate could be getting a third shot at Ronda Rousey, it will be former world champion boxer and kick boxer Holly Holm taking on the champion at UFC 195 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 2. The card will also feature women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrejczyk defending her title against Claudia Gadelha.

The 12-0-0 Rousey has completely run through the women’s bantamweight division. Only Tate has ever gotten out of the first round against her. Her last three fights have lasted just a total 64 seconds.

Holm has not be overly impressive early in her UFC career but has a 9-0-0 overall MMA record. She won a split decision against Raquel Pennington in her debut at UFC and while she did beat Marion Reneau by a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 71, she did not look overly dominant. But Rousey describes Holm as her “biggest challenge to date” and for good reason.

Holm might not have the elite grappling or martial arts ability that the Olympic Judo medalist Rousey has, but she is a world-class striker, better than Rousey. After all, she dominated both the boxing and kickboxing rings. Plus, unlike any fighter Rousey has faced before, Holm won’t be intimidated by neither her opponent or the moment. She completely understands what it takes to beat the best in the world and to win championships.

And she has shown clear improvement in her martial arts since joining the UFC. When she fought Pennington she mostly stuck to just her striking and when the fight did go to the mat she looked confused as to what she should be doing. When she fought Reneau she was much more comfortable on the ground.

It is really hard to see Rousey being challenged by anybody at this point considering how she has dominated everybody, but Holm definitely has the potential to be her toughest opponent yet.

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