The Ring Magazine received quite a bit of criticism last month after deciding to place former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey on the cover.
Undefeated through her first 12 professional bouts and bringing the sport of women’s mixed martial arts to the forefront of mainstream athletics, Rousey was a prime candidate to receive any accolades designated for professional fighters.
Only problem was Rousey competes in mixed martial arts, and Ring Magazine has traditionally presented itself as a boxing magazine. Purists of the squared circle weren’t pleased, and that includes longtime boxing promoter Lou DiBella.
“If I was Ring Magazine, maybe I would have put Holly Holm on the cover before she won. And talked about her story and maybe why she had a chance and what she accomplished in boxing that they didn’t pay attention to for her whole career.”
As noted by DiBella, Holm spent the better part of 11 years as a professional boxer. “The Preacher’s Daughter” went 33-2-3 in that span, winning 19 word titles while largely dominating the sport during her tenure.
Holm defeated Rousey in front of about 56,000 people at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, knocking the seemingly invincible titleholder out in the second round of their championship contest. She extended her own undefeated record to 10 in what is arguably the biggest victory of her professional fighting — both mixed martial arts and boxing — career.
Prior to Rousey’s loss, Ring’s online editor, Doug Fischer, said the publication would consider focusing on mixed martial arts if the Rousey issue sold well.