Ronda Rousey Told Jimmy Fallon Exactly How Holly Holm Would Beat Her
Ronda Rousey may have appeared overly confident in the moments leading up to her fight against Holly Holm in which she refused the customary glove touch prior to the match. Yet just five weeks ago in an appearance on The Tonight Show, Rousey explained in impressive detail exactly what Holm would do to try to beat her; including referencing the signature head kick that would eventually knock her out in her first ever MMA loss in UFC 193 on Saturday night.
"This one's going to be a much longer fight because she's a 19-time boxing World Champion with a hundred percent takedown defense and like, head kick knockouts" Rousey explained to Fallon. "I mean she's undefeated and an amazing athlete and I think definitely the biggest threat to me. Especially on paper and stylistically, and she's the type of fighter that you have to be very very patient with. I feel like she's going to try and keep distance and keep far away from me and get me frustrated until a point that I make a mistake and she can try to kick me in the head. But it's not gonna go like that."
And yet, it did go down like that. Exactly like that.
Despite the fact that Rousey knew exactly what to expect from Holm and regarded her as a tremendous fighter, athlete, and her greatest threat in MMA, she was knocked out with the same brutal kick to the head that she has clearly been preparing for.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 15, 2015
Many UFC fans are regarding this fight as an all-time great showdown. Is it possible that Rousey was so impressed with Holm's fighting pedigree that she psyched herself out? Rousey is probably UFC's greatest frontrunner, and rarely speaks about her opponents with the reverence that she afforded Holm. All signs point to the conclusion that this wasn't just a physical loss, but a mental one as well.
Here is the full video clip of Rousey talking about Holm in her interview with Jimmy Fallon:
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