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UFC Announces Ronda Rousey – Holly Holm in Surprise Move

Kelsey Mowatt

Holly Holm

Yes, that’s right, the UFC has announced that Ronda Rousey will defend the bantamweight belt against Holly Holm next…Bet you didn’t see that coming huh?

As you likely know, for sometime now, there’s been a ton of talk about the possibility of Meisha Tate fighting Rousey for a third time. Tate is coming off a win over fellow contender Jessica Eye, and has won four in a row. Since Tate has already been submitted by Rousey twice before, however, not every one was down with the idea of a third fight.

Others were pointing to Amanda Nunes as a potential contender, following her impressive win over Sara McMann. Problem there is, however, that Nunes is just two fights removed from a loss to Cat Zingano.

Due to Holm’s impressive boxing resume, and the fact she’s been rising up the ranks in MMA, lots of people believed she’d face Rousey eventually…just not on January 2nd. Rousey-Holm will headline UFC 195 on that date, and it will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“She’s definitely my biggest challenge to date, so I’m super excited about it,” Rousey said in the official announcement.

“I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there,” she said. “No one’s easy until after you beat them, and with Holly Holm, she’s the type that is ready to go 12 boxing rounds. She’s not the average chick that I fight. She’s the best striker I’ve ever fought, and striking is something I learned much later in my career. So I don’t ever expect fights to be easy and fast. No one knows exactly how the fights are going to go, and that’s why everybody buys them.”

So, there you have it. Will everybody be on board with Rousey here? In terms of Holm being her “biggest challenge” yet? Probably not. Holm has certainly impressed, and has gone 9-0, but she hasn’t scored any stoppage wins in the Octagon yet. So there’s not a ton of buzz behind Holm, despite the fact she possesses a world class, striking pedigree. Holm is currently ranked #9 in the 135 division.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this unfolds.

Not other bouts have been announced yet for UFC 195.

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