Former world boxing champion Holly Holm said she came to Melbourne, Australia to shock the world, and she did.
Rounda Rousey’s reign atop the women’s 135-pound division came to an abrupt halt when her limp body crashed to the canvas after absorbing a head kick from Holm in the opening moments of the second round in the UFC 193 main event on Saturday.
Rousey tried to pressure Holm throughout the fight, but ended up getting picked apart by a more technical striker. Holm landed left hands when Rousey would recklessly close the distance.
The one time Rousey secured a takedown, Holm quickly worked her way back to her feet. Rousey chased after the challenger, but was taking damage. She looked exhausted heading back to her corner following the opening frame.
In the second round, Rousey continue to push forward and Holm continued to land left lands. They became entangled in a clinch and on the break Holm fired off a high kick that landed flush on the neck of Rousey, rendering her unconscious.
“I had so much love and support, I just felt like, how could I not do this? I had so much love,” said Holm following the stunning upset.
The high kick that finished the fight was something Holm had worked on during her preparation for the title bout.
“Everything that we had worked on presented itself in the fight. I have not spent this much time in the gym before any fight I’ve ever had,” she said. “What happened tonight was actually something we worked on, trying to get on the angle from the clinch.”
“I had the best coaches from stand up to grappling to wrestling,” continued Holm.
With the win, “The Preacher’s Daughter” made combat sports history by becoming the first fighter to win world titles in boxing and mixed martial arts.