The Queen Gets Dethroned

Saturday night’s UFC 193 was historic on many levels. It set the UFC record for attendance with over 55,000 packed into the Etihad Stadium in Australia. It also took in over $6 million at the gate, a number only eclipsed by UFC 129 & 189. The numbers alone make the event significant, but when you ask someone what they remember most about UFC 193, they are DEFINITELY NOT going to talk about the numbers.

UFC 193 was the first UFC Pay-per-view headlined by two championship bouts in both of the UFC women’s divisions. Joanna Jedrzejczyk retained her 115 lb strawweight belt with a dominating 5 round decision over Valerie Letourneau. Jedrzejczyk’s stellar striking performance was quickly upstaged by what some are calling the biggest upset in UFC history. Holly Holm shocked the world by landing a 2nd round head kick to one of the most dominant forces in combat sports today, Ronda Rousey. This was no fluke folks. This wasn’t a lucky kick that Rousey ran into. This was a calculated strike that landed due to the damage that Holm was able to inflict on Rousey in the previous 6 minutes of the fight. Even though Holm was the biggest underdog in UFC history according to Vegas coming into the fight, she had way more combat sports experience than any of Rousey’s previous opponents.

Holly Holm holds an US Amateur kickboxing title and went 2-1 as a pro. She also has 33 professional boxing victories and holds numerous world titles in multiple weight divisions. She was named Female Fighter of the year several times by different organizations including The Ring magazine, World Boxing Federation, and the International Female Boxing Association. When she walked into the octagon at UFC 193 she held a perfect 9-0 MMA record. With almost 15 years of fight experience, I wonder why so many people, including myself, thought Holm would be yet another victim of Rousey’s dominance. Speaking for myself, I thought Rousey had a better grasp of MMA striking. I thought Rousey combined striking, octagon control, and clinch work better than Holm. Not to mention that whenever a Rousey fight goes to the ground, it usually ends with her opponent’s arm bent the wrong way. Even though Holm had an extensive combat sports history, her 2 previous fights in the UFC were decisions victories that left most people wondering not if Rousey would win, but when and how. I even had the audacity to say on a local Tampa radio show that the only way Rousey could lose would be if she tore her ACL stepping in to throw a punch. I’ll take my crow baked if possible, thanks.


I’m happy to admit when I’m wrong and I was wrong about Holly Holm. I was wrong to think that the masterminds at Jackson-Wink MMA in New Mexico could not combine Holm’s skills with a flawless fight plan. I was wrong to think that Rousey’s Judo could neutralize Holm’s ability to strike at distance. I was wrong about a lot of things regarding the fight, but one thing I believe to be true is that this fight will be a linchpin for women’s combat sports. Rousey has already started that train down the track, now it’s time for her to hand over the controls to others like Holm, Jedrzejczyk, Van Zant, and Waterson. I’M NOT SAYING ROUSEY SHOULD RETIRE. I know that Holm-Rousey 2 will be EPIC! I’m simply saying that Rousey has carried the flag gallantly, but it’s now time for her to let others do the heavy lifting.

Check out the video below to see highlights from the historic Rousey-Holm fight. Also feel free to let me know how much of a doofus I was for not predicting the outcome of the fight. I appreciate all feedback.

Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting ***UPDATED***

Originally published Saturday, July 11th

I’m always a little bit frustrated whenever the cable bill arrives at my house. I only watch about 5 out of the 200 channels I have available and my fiancé does most of her “TV” viewing thru Netflix and YouTube. Paying for cable may be annoying, but it’s nights like tonight (July 11th) that make it worth it. If you are a combat sports enthusiast like myself, you’ll be able to get your fill tonight with two great events.

First, Premier Boxing Champions will be televised on ESPN for the first time tonight and the main event features one of the best, if not thee best, boxer to come out of the Tampa Bay Area, Keith “One Time” Thurman. Keith holds the WBA welterweight belt and is currently undefeated with a 25-0 record with 21 KO’s. He is fighting Luis Collazo who has a 36-6 record and has never been knocked out in his entire career. It’s going to be a tough fight for Thurman, but I believe his power and speed will help him stay undefeated. Prediction: Thurman wins via 10th Rd TKO

Image created by images gathered from @ufc & @premierboxing on twitter

Image created by images gathered from @ufc & @premierboxing on twitter

If that wasn’t enough, the UFC has one of their most anticipated pay-per-views tonight with UFC 189. If you have the dough to fork up for this PPV I would highly recommend you do. If not, there are plenty free options you can take advantage of to enjoy UFC 189. The prelims will be shown on Fox Sports 1 at 7pm ET and they include several great fights including Matt “The Immortal” Brown vs. Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means. These two fighters will put on a show that will please even the most casual fight fan. As for the PPV, you can listen to Brendan Schaub & Bryan Callen, hosts of The Fighter & The Kid podcast, give a pseudo play-by-play call of the fights on Joe Rogan’s Ustream channel. I will warn you, these two guys can get very silly and go on tangents that have nothing to do with the fights. There are a ton of great fights on this card so I’ll only give my predictions for the co-main & main events: Rory MacDonald def. Robbie Lawler by decision & Chad Mendes def. Conor McGregor by 4th Rd TKO.

We will see if my predictions are right tonight and I’ll post a recap of the events later this week. Enjoy tonight fight fans!


If I were a betting man, I would have lost money Saturday night with my predictions. I was correct in predicting Keith “One Time” Thurman’s victory and that he would win by TKO. Thurman was cruising early in the bout but was on the receiving end of a vicious body shot in the 5th that slowed him down significantly for the rest of the round and most of the next. He was able to bounce back and land repeated left hooks to the head that opened up a cut above Collazo’s eye and ultimately led to the TKO victory.  Predicting the outcome of the Thurman fight would be my one and only accurate predication of the night.

I choose MacDonald and Mendes to be the victors in the co-main & main events of UFC 189. MacDonald was winning on the judges scorecards going into the 5th and final round, but sustained a broken nose (among other injuries) after eating a stiff left hand from the champion Lawler. Mendes experienced the same fate when he was unable to hold McGregor down and was TKO’d by punches in the 2nd round.

Regardless of my poor predictions, both events were action packed and truly great displays of combat sports.


Image created by images gathered from @ufc & @premierboxing on twitter