MMA Bucket List Part 2 - UFC 193 - Rousey vs Holm

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For now, I'm Jody Jamieson, and I'll be bringing you full coverage of UFC 207 live on Friday December 30th. Nunes-Rousey. Cruz-Garbrandt for the men's bantamweight title. Velasquez-Werdum in a heavyweight rematch. Some good stuff to look forward to! Keep an eye on ByTheMinute.co for all the coverage!

Next Friday, she makes her return. Amanda Nunes now holds the belt, and looks to be the first bantamweight to successfully defend the belt since August 2015 when Rousey beat Bethe Correia. It's been a bit of a hot potato since then. Will that change at UFC 207? We'll find out next week!

Ronda is one of those crazy competitors who is so so determined to win that she honestly doesn't know how to handle losing. That's obviously a blessing and a curse. A blessing as it turns you into an incredible competitor. A curse in that she lost the plot when she finally lost.

For Holm it's been a slippery slope inside the octagon, but she has a chance to get back to prominence in February at the Barclays Center against Germaine de Randamie. For Rousey, it was a slippery slope outside as she came to terms with her loss, but that took a while. Openly talking about contemplating suicide.

Since then neither girl has won a fight. Ronda obviously has an excuse as she hasn't fought since. Holly was up 38-37 on all three judges scorecards going into the fifth round at UFC 196 against Miesha Tate, but then was rear naked choked in an incredible come from behind victory for Tate. Holm then lost a 49-46 unanimous decision to Valentina Shevchenko in July where she never really got going.

It was one of those "where were you?" moments in MMA. There's been loads of them. Serra beating GSP. Diaz beating McGregor the night Holm lost the title in her first defence against Miesha Tate. But this still feels like the biggest one to me.

The head kick heard around the work. Ronda hit the ground. Holly got a few shots in to finish off the job. Ronda was already out. Herb Dean pulled her off, and the seemingly undefeatable was no longer undefeated.

For this.

Ronda clearly hurt, starts to scramble back to her feet. Holly stays patient. Waits for her opportunity. What's interesting here is that when Ronda gets back to her feet, Holly almost grabs that back. Not for a clinch or a takedown, but just subtly to put her into position.

But as her arms do what she wants, her legs start to give up.