Ronda Rousey was knocked out Saturday in Melbourne, Australia. The first loss of her professional career understandably had the world on its head.
It was clear after the first five minutes of action that Rousey needed to find an answer for new UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm’s footwork. Either that, or continue to be peppered by a straight left hand that had Rousey’s mouth agape — highlighting the former champion’s exhaustion and wounds at UFC 193.
But the answers didn’t make themselves apparent on Saturday night, leaving Rousey in an unconscious version of the invincible champion that once was. Transported to a nearby hospital shortly after the loss, Rousey was unavailable to shed light on what went wrong for her against “The Preacher’s Daughter.”
Her coach, however, took some time to elaborate on what the original game plan was, and what Holm did well to combat their plans.
“The game plan was pressing,” Edmond Tarverdyan told ESPN. “We knew Holly Holm was going to keep the distance. So we had to feint and get inside and pressure the right way so we can get on the side of the cage. And we’ve talked about that and Holly Holm did a good job with moving today and stayed calm.
“I wouldn’t say in the striking game she was getting the best of Ronda, you know, but I have to watch it again. But we know this was not a striking match; we know that Ronda is smart enough to take the fight where she is best at and today she did. Holly stopped an attempt on an armbar and stopped some of the takedowns. She did a good job.”
Holm out-landed Rousey by a margin of 38-17 in significant strikes during their main event tilt, knocking the champion out with a highlight reel kick for the ages.