Freddie Roach, one of the most iconic boxing trainers in the history of the sport, was not impressed with Ronda Rousey’s performance at UFC 193. Understandably so, as the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion was out-boxed by one of the most revered females to ever grace the ring.
Even with all of Roach’s familiarity with Holly Holm and her boxing career, the trainer didn’t expect the fight to go down the way it did. What’s more, Roach — who will corner Miguel Cotto in a mega-fight against Canelo Alvarez Saturday — went on to question Rousey’s pedigree as a stand-up fighter in mixed martial arts.
Roach told FightHub TV (h/t Bloody Elbow):
“I saw highlights of [the fight] and not the whole thing. I saw enough to see that she got beat up a little bit. I didn’t really expect that. I did pick her to win that fight. I thought she would get Holly to the ground. Holly is not a great ground fighter but that kick was pretty good. Holly is a good fighter. She had like 31 wins and 3 losses [as a boxer]. She had some legit wins on that record.
“All [Rousey] has is the ground game right now. She really needs to learn how to fight fights in the stand up. [Holm] came out a s a leftie and a southpaw and Rousey had no idea how to deal with that. It was embarrassing a little bit. No one ever taught her anything about boxing, it looked like.”
Holm landed 38 significant strikes in her main event title fight against Rousey, while the former champion only landed 17.