It seems thousands of seemingly clairvoyant individuals came out of the woodwork to shine a light on their genius for predicting Holly Holm’s victory at UFC 193.
Former UFC middleweight Brian Stann, who previously trained alongside Holm at the Jackson-Wink Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was not one of those people. As far as he saw it, the analyst inside of him would not allow him to pick against the reigning champion.
“To my everlasting shame, no,” Stann said of predicting Holm’s victory over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 while on The MMA Hour Monday. “And honest to god, I felt guilty that I didn’t.
“When you are an analyst, at least in my eyes, you have to evaluate film, and you have to go based on what you’ve seen to make your predictions and base your judgment. When I analyzed the tape, and I certainly said this in interviews and my breakdowns, there was definitely a way [Holm] could win. If there is a person who could catch Ronda and defeat her — if she’s not focused — it was Holly. So I definitely saw her being able to win a fight that I thought would potentially go the distance. I did not see her winning the fight in that manner. Part of me feels guilty because I do think so highly of her and I do have a relationship with her, but it makes it all the more special.”
Like most people, Stann felt Rousey’s specific set of skills would prove too much for Holm to contend with in Melbourne, Australia.