Ronda Rousey reveals drama that led to historic defeat to Holly Holm and loss of UFC belt

Women's MMA legend explains about clash that ended her bantamweight reign

Holm and Ronda were in the main fight of UFC 193. Photo: Quinn Rooney/UFC

One of the main responsible for the dissemination of women's MMA in the world, Ronda Rousey opened the game and narrated the drama experienced on the eve of his historic fight against Holly holm. Almost 10 years after the defeat that sealed her trajectory as bantamweight champion (up to 61,2kg), the American admitted to the drama that influenced her lackluster performance against her then challenger. In the clash, the Olympic medalist ended up being severely knocked out, in addition to losing her title and unbeaten record in her career.

“I literally went into the fight with a concussion after slipping on the stairs. I also had years of other concussions. Plus, I went through a terrible weight cut, which means you have less fluid in your brain to protect it. I didn't want to show that I was injured, but I wasn't 100%. I couldn't think quickly, find the distance and, because of that fight, everyone thought I was a fraud”, said Rousey, in an interview with 'Valeria Lipovetsky'.


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The defeat against Holm, at the end of 2015, ended a reign of more than two years in the bantamweight division. While leading the category, Ronda accumulated five belt defenses.

After her defeat against Holly, Rousey took a break from her career for a year, but returned to try to regain the title in a challenge against Amanda nunes. At the fateful UFC 207, the American was the victim of a true massacre in front of the Brazilian legend, who held the throne at the time.


I fought for 'Leoa' in 2016, Ronda left MMA permanently. Outside the octagon, the athlete has appeared in films and, today, is one of the biggest stars in WWE, a promoter specializing in pro-wrestling.

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