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November 23, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Holm defeats Rousey, Nick Bockwinkel passes away, more


The myth of the unbeatable fighter is just that, a myth.

In what will go down as the single most memorable UFC fight in history, Ronda Rousey was not only defeated, but systematically destroyed by a fighter and a coaching staff that had spent years preparing for that night.

On 2/28, Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey were the two co-headliners on a show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The idea was that Holm, a former world boxing champion, would impressively knock out Raquel Pennington, a .500 level fighter who was known for exchanging blows and not taking her down. Rousey was there to face Cat Zingano, a fight that was supposed to be the hardest one of her career.

Holm looked unimpressive, barely squeaking by in a split decision. Rousey beat Zingano with an armbar in 14 seconds. Nobody came out of that night clamoring to see Rousey vs. Holm.

Holm looked better in winning a decision over Marion Reneau, in another standup fight. Rousey destroyed Bethe Correia. So the plan was for Jessica Eye to be groomed for Rousey, except she got beat by Miesha Tate. UFC announced Tate as the challenger, and then changed their mind, figuring Rousey vs. Tate happened twice with Rousey winning via armbar both times, and with Holm, they could at least promote it as Rousey facing a multi-time world boxing champion.

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