This past Saturday night in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, at the Etihad Stadium, Holly ‘Preacher’s Daughter’ Holm (10-0) defeated ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey (12-1) by devastating second round knockout in what was a short, one sided match for the UFC 193 World bantamweight title. Rousey was the prohibitive favorite and the fight was expected by many to last maybe 2 rounds but it was Holm the surprise winner. Holly Holm and her team were the better prepared Saturday night, the buzz in the boxing world feeling/saying ‘boxing wins’ both peculiar and premature.
What is strange about this assertion is this was an MMA Event, not a boxing event and very few gave Holly Holm any serious chance against the former Olympic medalist (judo) and perfect villain, Ronda Rousey. It was not until the shocking news had spread like wildfire that Holm had not only defeated the once thought invincible Rousey but by knockout that closet women’s boxing fans came out of the woodwork. The likes of Sue Ti Fox, Christy Martin, Bonnie Canino, Layla McCarter, Jill Diamond Chastain and other lifelong supporters of women in boxing never wavered in their feeling that Holly Holm not only had a chance but could and would defeat Ronda Rousey. The fact that Holly Holm was/is a former World boxing champion and Kick-Boxing champion well before the formation of the UFC, bolstered their more than accurate opinions.
The ground attack is where most felt Holm would be at a disadvantage, Rousey a renowned judo expert, with Holm in the fight as long as she stayed on her feet. Most felt once they went to the ground, Rousey would sooner than later execute her infamous arm-bar technique as she had done so many times before and end the bout. ‘Team Holm’ was well prepared to prove the talk of Rousey being a fantastic boxer wrong and that is exactly what they did.
While Ronda Rousey remains a polarizing figure, her cocky and arrogant attitude ruffling the feathers of many, she was exactly what UFC head honcho Dana White wanted for his UFC organization and he promoted her to perfection. There should be no misunderstanding that Ronda Rousey can indeed fight but up against someone with the skill set of Holly Holm she was simply over matched. Most every past victim of the Rousey destruction has been more than willing to voice their pleasure at seeing her demolished, that seemingly not helping the cause at all. It would seem solidarity amongst women doing more good than trashing Rousey but Ronda didn’t do much to help that cause by alienating herself from her fellow competitors with trash talking her main detractor. Now that Holly Holm is the queen of MMA, just how that will translate into women becoming more of an attraction in boxing (included in major boxing PPV (Pay-Per-View) telecasts) remains to be seen.
As of right now, women in boxing have not won anything and for those (mostly chauvinist males) who are singing the praises of Holly Holm, the majority of you had no idea who she was, what she had previously accomplished or even where she was from before the weeks leading up to Saturday night’s event. Your enthusiasm for Holly was fueled by your wanting/hoping to see that terrible, evil villain, Ronda Rousey, destroyed. Now that Rousey has been knocked off her throne it will be interesting to see just how many of you demand women included in major televised boxing events, that is where the Holm success on Saturday night will be measured.
For you women boxer’s rejoicing at the Holly Holm win, how many of you have been contacted by Top Rank (Bob Arum), Golden Boy Promotions (Oscar de la hoya), Premier Boxing Champions (Al Haymon) or any of the more notable boxing promotions players? Unless you can find a way to transform this sure to be short lived buzz into a call from one of the above type boxing promoter’s, the only call you get will come from the UFC’s Dana White. Not many women have the overall skill set possessed by Holly Holm and that’s a hard pill to swallow for what is now an army of supporters. Saturday night was great for women athletes but don’t be so naive as to believe this Holm win did anything for women’s boxing. Women’s MMA was the huge benefactor and Mr. White will capitalize on that sooner than later.
You must now ask yourselves, did boxing win or did MMA win because if what has been proclaimed is true, women boxer’s can now count on support from the masses to attend and help promote women’s boxing since any woman boxer can dominate any woman MMA combatant, right? Don’t you bet on it, ‘the struggle is real’.
For you bandwagon jumpers who are unaware, Holly Holm is 34 years-old, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, twice a Ring Magazine, Fighter of the Year (2005 and 2006), compiling a professional boxing record of 33-2-3, 9KO’s and champion in 3 different weight divisions. Congratulations Holly Holm on a superb boxing/MMA performance at UFC 193 on Saturday night, you were and are, simply amazing.