The UFC’s undefeated women’s MMA bantamweight champion, Rhonda Rousey, is set to defend her title for the seventh time. This fight will happen in Las Vegas, on January 2. The champ will be facing the former world boxing champion, Holly Holm.
The fight was a shock to everyone as both of the mixed martial artists were set to face another MMA fighters.
After finding out about the event, Rousey has this to say:
“She’s the most decorated striker we have in all of mixed martial arts. Definitely my biggest challenge to date. I’m super excited about it.”
“She’s not the average chick I would fight. She’s the best striker I’ve ever fought, and striking is something I learned much later in my career.”
Meanwhile, mixed martial arts champ Holm discussed what she felt about the fight:
“My initial reaction was, ‘I can do this. I can do this. I can make this happen. It’s just going to be a lot of work. I just need to focus on preparing myself.”
With this fight, it has opened a massive betting and almost everyone is in favor of the Champion.
Rousey has just ended a fight by knockout facing Bethe Correia at UFC 190.
“I don’t ever expect the fights to be easy and fast. A lot of the guys you see, the first round is more of a feel-out period, and they’re both kind of sizing them up and taking their time.
“There’s no feel-out period for my fights. It starts right away. You don’t know what’s going to happen, and the first exchange is the most dangerous.”
Rousey was actually set to face Tate, and the champ, even discussed the said battle:
“I don’t even want to be in that position in a fight. And I don’t want to get caught up too much in one angle of the fight,” Holm said of preparing for the armbar. “That’s one thing that’s different from boxing, there are so many different angles when it comes to how a fight can pan out.”
In 2013, Holm officially ended her 11-year career in professional boxing to focus her attention to mixed martial arts. She signed with UFc and was able to make her promotional debut in a co-main event as Rousey defends her title against Zingano.
“I always visualize knockouts. And I visualize them in different ways. I never put it in my mind that’s what is for sure going to happen, because I feel like if I say, ‘I’m going to knock her out in Round 3,’ well, if that doesn’t happen, then I’m not ready to fight rounds 4 or 5. I train for the full fight. That definitely could be the way it goes.”
When the champion was asked about how she felt in facing Holm, this was the MMA champs reply:
“I can take anybody. I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there. No one’s easy until you beat them. Holly Holm is the type ready to go 12 boxing rounds.”