Four Years Ago Today: Ronda Rousey Suffered First UFC Loss To Holly Holm
On this day in 2015, Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey and shocked the MMA world to become UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion.
Rousey had been tipped as heavy favourite over the older Holm in the build up to their title match at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
Holm connected with a kick to the side of Rousey's neck in the second round and knocked her out.
"OHH. MY. GOD." :scream:
On this day in 2015...
Holly Holm shocked the WORLD with one perfectly timed head-kick :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/blvlYLZFJs
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The result shocked many as Rousey's record at the time stood at 12-0 and many expected her to retain over Holm who had been touted as 20-1 underdog at the time.
Many believe that the defeat came as a surprise to Rousey and she was never the same in the UFC.
Rousey discussed in the coming months how the loss to Holm impacted her.
"She's hurt! She's hurt!"
Holly Holm shocked the world when she beat Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 :scream:
One of the great upsets :eyes:#UFC239 pic.twitter.com/k5G65bLH4w
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She said on the Ellen DeGeneres show per The Guardian:
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"I was sitting in the corner thinking 'What am I anymore if I'm not this?' And I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and that exact second, I'm [thinking] 'I'm nothing ... what do I do anymore and no one gives a shit about me anymore without this.'"
She wouldn't return to the octagon for over a year and when she did her final fight didn't go as planned.
The 32-year-old challenged Amanda Nunes to try and win her Bantamweight title at UFC 207 in December 2016.
When Amanda Nunes retired Ronda Rousey :grimacing:
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Nunes won the fight in dominant fashion and the Brazilian defeated Rousey via TKO just 48 seconds into their fight.
Rousey hasn't fought in the UFC since and many think she will never return.
She's since transitioned into the WWE and won the Raw Women's Championship in 2018.
That's in addition to being one of the first women in history to main event Wrestlemania, losing to Becky Lynch in a match which also featured Charlotte Flair.
Holm's win will go down as one of the biggest shocks in UFC history.
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