Holly Holm will need to use her elite boxing skills if she wants to become the first to defeat UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, according to a Nov. 11 report from the Los Angeles Times. Holm, 34, has the footwork, kicks and head movement to get the job done. It’s just going to be a matter of putting all her tools together, and catching Rousey at the right moment.
When Holm collides with Rousey this weekend in the main event of UFC 193, she’s going to need to maintain a distance. Rousey, 28, does her best work when she’s able to clinch up and throw knees from the inside. If Rousey is able to get within Holm’s range, she should be able to clinch up, secure a takedown, and get the fight to the mat.
It’s going to be a short night for Holm if Rousey is able to get the fight to the mat. The canvas is obviously where Rousey will want to be. She’s going to want to use her high-level judo skills to secure a finish.
Rousey won most of her early-career fights via armbar, and that’s the move she may turn to for UFC 193. Rousey has the advantage if the fight hits the mat. She has been training for submissions most of her adult life, while Holm is fairly new to that side of the sport.
Holm is a world-class boxer who is primarily known for her striking. She doesn’t have a heap of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. That said, Rousey will likely try to exploit that side of her game. For Holm, she’ll want to keep the fight standing.
Of course, stopping Rousey is easier said than done. The UFC champ has beaten her last three opponents in a combined time of less than two minutes. She has been an absolute beast in the cage, with victories over the likes of Alexis Davis and Bethe Correia.
Rousey has knocked out three of her past four opponents, but the armbar is still her signature move. Holm has much more to worry about than just Rousey’s submission skills. How will the fight play out? At UFC 193, Holm will try to keep the fight in standup position. She has been able to defend all five of her UFC opponents’ takedown attempts.
Will it be just a matter of time before Rousey gets the fight to the mat? She’ll have five rounds to work with. Rousey is a heavy favorite heading into UFC 193. It is likely she’ll be able to get at least one takedown, but time will tell how the match plays out. It’ll be interesting to see if Rousey tries to box with Holm, just to prove a point that her striking has evolved.
At the end of the day, that’s probably not a smart game-plan. Fight fans should look for Rousey to go back to her bread and butter, utilizing clinch-work and Judo throws to notch the win.