This weekend, Ronda Rousey did something she’s never done before: lose an MMA fight. Rousey was KO’d in the second round by Holly Holm, the 34-year-old current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, in what’s being considered the biggest upset in UFC history and maybe even one of the biggest upsets in all of sports history.
It wasn’t as wild of a surprise to Holm’s team, though, as coach Greg Jackson was overheard calming the more excited coaches, saying, ‘We don’t need any drama. We were supposed to win.“
Rousey even showed concern last month on The Tonight Show. After Jimmy Fallon joked if Rousey could now choose how short of a victory this would be for her—given that her last wins lasted 34, 14, and 16 seconds—Rousey got serious and gave a long, detailed explanation about why fighting Holm would be way different.
”[Holm’s] a 19-time boxing world champion with 100% takedown defense in, like, head-kick knockouts. I mean, she’s undefeated—an amazing athlete—and the biggest threat definitely to me, especially on paper and sylistically, and she’s the type of fighter that you have to be very, very patient with. I feel like she’s going to try and, like, keep distance and keep far away from me, getting me frustrated until a point I’ll make a mistake and then she’s going to try and kick me in the head—but it’s not going to go like that, not the way she wants.
But it did go like that. That’s exactly what happened, actually, which is pretty damn wild.