Sunday November 15, 2015– Live from the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia not one, but two titles were put on the line as the most popular sports figure around Ronda Rousey put her UFC bantamweight title on the line once again against undefeated challenger former boxing great Holly Holm. The 2nd title on the line was UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jerdrzejczyk put her title on the line against the French Canadian challenger Valerie Letourneau. A rematch to one of the most insane heavyweight fights of all time and a full tilt of prelims bouts. Jerdrzejczyk had a tough challenge ahead of her as she was set to face a challenger that was bigger than her for the first time, and as for Rousey another undefeated challenger was standing in front of her. Though some may say that she is the toughest challenge to date, due to her long built and boxing skills all things the champion has heard before. But first things first the prelims, don’t sleep on the undercard!!!!
First up the flyweights as Ben Nguyen (14-5) took on Ryan Benoit (8-3), Nguyen gets the first round win by submission. Next the lightweights took center stage as James Moontasri (8-3) took on Anton Zafir (7-2), and after a first TKO Moontasri gets the victory. Welterweights were up next as Richard Walsh (8-4) was up against Steve Kennedy (22-7), and after 3 rounds Walsh gets the unanimous decision. Next in the welterweight division Daniel Kelly (9-1) took on Steve Montgomery (8-3), and after three rounds Kelly gets the unanimous decision. Next up the flyweights, as Richie Vaculik (10-4) took on Danny Martinez (17-7), Martinez gets his first UFC victory by unanimous decision. We move to the light heavyweight division as Anthony Perosh (15-9) took on Glan Villante (13-6), and in the 1st round Villante scores the 1st round KO wow what a shot. Next up back in the welter weight division as Kyle Noke (21-7-1) took on Peter Sobotta (15-4-1), a 1st round TKO for Noke following a vicious kick to the body straight nasty. Next up was the featured fight on the prelim portion of the card as light weight superstar Jake Matthews (9-1) took on Akbarh Arreola (23-9-1), after the 2nd round Arreola eye was pretty banged up and the doctor put a stop to the fight, and the winner by TKO Jake Mathews. With the prelims finished the first fight on the main card was in the Heavyweight division as Stefan Struve (30-7) coming off a big win in his last fight over Big Nog, takes on Jared Rosholt (13-2) who has won two straight, and after 3 rounds of some hard heavyweight action Jared Rosholt gets his 3rd straight win by unanimous decision. Next up on the main card is the middleweights as red-hot #10 Uriah Hall (13-5) took on one of the most underrated fighters in the middleweight division Robert Whittaker (15-4), a hell of a fight both guys showed a lot of heart, but after three rounds the winner by unanimous decision Robert Whittaker, this guy is very underrated in this division watch out for Robert Whittaker In the future. With the last fight on the main card before the two title fights, we head back to the heavyweight division and the last time that these two men shared the octagon they tore down the house. After 5 rounds the fight ended in a draw, the MMA world was forced to wait for the rematch and that’s what they got. Hometown hero #8 Mark Hunt (10-10-1) took on Antonio #11 Big Foot Silva (19-7), in the first round the Super Samoan Mark Hunt put down Big Foot by TKO. Everyone got what they wanted a finish.
Co Main Event Women Strawweight Championship
C. Joanna Jerdrzejczyk (10-0) Vs #8 Valerie Letourneau (8-3)
Maybe the best striker in all of MMA, the champion Joanna Jerdrzejczyk has been nothing but phenomenal sense winning the title but for the first time she faces someone who was just a bit bigger than her. Letourneau had a mission to win and stop all the hype to become champion. Jerdrzejczyk had not intentions on losing her title. The 1st round started out with both fighters trading punches but showing respect, after a take down by Letourneau and a little ground and pound the fighters work their way back up to stand up. Letourneau works the champion into the clinch after they break a huge front leg kick by Jerdrzejczyk and Letourneau is stunned. After trading some shots and some clench the first round comes to an end. The front kick was a clear advantage for the champion but Letourneau did leave her mark on the eye of the champion. The 2nd round starts out with both fighters trading combos, Letourneau isn’t afraid to stand and trade. After trading some blocked leg kicks Letourneau works the champion into the clench, as they break from the clench some nasty elbows were landed by Jerdrzejczyk. The round goes one dead even with combos thrown and traded. The 3rd round starts out with trading strikes, Letourneau works the champion into the clench after landing some shots, and the champion reverses the clench and works it back to the center. A good leg kick landed again to head of Letourneau by Jerdrzejczyk, the speed of the champion is overwhelming Letourneau. Jerdrzejczyk is starting to close in on the challenger. Strikes being traded but a clear dominate round by Jerdrzejczyk. The 4th round is the start of the championship rounds, and they come out trading shots, a more productive round for Letourneau but the champion just keeps pouring it on with the legs kick to an already destroyed leg of the challenger and the speed of Jerdrzejczyk punches are just too much for Letourneau. The 5th and final round starts out with both fighters looking for the KO, but as the round wore on Jerdrzejczyk continued her dominance by working the leg which was bruised and swollen, and continuing to work the eye of Letourneau. It was just too much for the challenger, a successful defense for Joanna Jerdrzejczyk. AND STILL the undisputed champion of the world Joanna Jerdrzejczyk wins by unanimous decision. The champion proved that she can beat any strawweight any shape or size. As for Letourneau she lasted all five rounds a lost does suck but still lasted longer than anyone else has.
Main Event Bantamweight Championship
C Ronda Rousey (12-0) Vs #7 Holly Holm (9-0)
The best women’s fighter on the planet stepped into the octagon once again to defense her title. Some say that this may be her toughest challenge yet, and what they say just might be correct as the challenger Holly Holm is an undefeated former boxing champion. Both fighters are undefeated and have one goal and that is to be champion. There is no other two fighters that know what it takes to hold championship gold. With that being said here we go the 1st round a steady start but Holly Holm does what she does best and that’s work the jab and set up openings, also sneaking in oblique kicks that is throwing Ronda off. As the 2nd round started out Ronda continued to be aggressive and it did nothing but let her down, the round wore down and Rousey was getting wore down, and Holm didn’t let off as she kept working the jab to a bloody Rousey. Set up the opening for a head kick that KO the champion. After some ground and pound to a knocked out Rousey. Herb Dean in for the stoppage and Holly Holm is the new champion. The definition of a perfect fight that was it. Holm never let off and didn’t be over aggressive. The former champion wasn’t as ready as she thought she was. Even though a lost here Ronda Rousey is still one of the best. Holly Holm with the biggest upset in MMA history.
A record-breaking night in Australia, Were champion’s retained and the biggest upset in the sports history occurred. A queen has fallen and a new one has risen but as all of us know we haven’t seen the last of her yet. The prelims tore the house down setting things up for the main event, but when the main stage hit the champions took center stage and ran with hit. You Heard ANDSTILL and the ANDNEW. What a night, just wait and see what the UFC has in store for the MMA world in 2016.
At the UFC 193 Post-fight Press Conference was announced that the event drew an attendance of 56,214 fans for a live gate of $9.53 million in Australian dollars – which converts to about $6.8 million US. Check out the Post-fight Press Conference Replay, results and bonuses below.
UFC 193 post-fight bonuses:
- Fight of the Night — Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm $50k
- Performance of the Night — Holly Holm $50k
- Performance of the Night — Kyle Noke $50k
UFC 193: Rousey vs Holm Results:
- For the women’s bantamweight title:
Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey by
knockout (punches) im Round 2, 0:59
- For the woman’s strawweight title:
Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Valrie Letourneau by
unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
- Mark Hunt def. Antonio Silva by
TKO (punches) in Round 1, 3:41
- Robert Whittaker def. Uriah Hall by
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Jared Rosholt def. Stefan Struve by
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD #2
- Jake Matthews def. Akbarh Arreola by
TKO (doctor’s stoppage) in Round 2, 5:00
- Kyle Noke def. Peter Sobotta by
TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:01
- Gian Villante def. Anthony Perosh by
knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:56
- Danny Martinez def. Richie Vaculik by
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD #1
- Daniel Kelly def. Steve Montgomery by
unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Richard Walsh def. Steven Kennedy bu
unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- James Moontasri def. Anton Zafir by
TKO (strikes) in Round 1, 4:36
- Ben Nguyen def. Ryan Benoit by
submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1, 2:35
By: Rick San Bartolome
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