Holly Holm stunned the MMA world today, knocking out the hugely favored Ronda Rousey to lift the UFC women’s bantamweight title in just her third UFC appearance.
The ex-boxing champion out-landed Rousey from the opening bell, landing straight lefts from her typical southpaw stance. Early in the second round, Holm landed a left high kick and sent the champion crashing to the mat. The match was halted seconds later.
Rousey was as much as a fourteen-to-one favorite according to online odds-makers.
Earlier in the night, Joanna Jedrzejczyk successfully defended her women’s strawweight title with a grueling decision win over a game Valerie Letourneau.
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Here are the full results:
Main Event (UFC women’s bantamweight title): Holly Holm defeated Ronda Rousey by knockout (head kick, punches) at 0:59 of round two.
Co-Main Event (UFC women’s strawweight title): Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeated Valerie Letourneau by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45).
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Mark Hunt defeated Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva by TKO (punches) at 1:19 of round one.
Robert Whittaker defeated Uriah Hall by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Jared Rosholt defeated Stefan Struve by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
FOX Sports 1 Prelims
Jake Matthews defeated Akbarh Arreola by TKO (referee stoppage) at 5:00 of round two.
Kyle Noke defeated Peter Sobotta by TKO (front kick, punches) at 2:01 of round one.
Gian Villante defeated Anthony Perosh by KO (punch) at 2:56 of round one.
Danny Martinez defeated Richie Vaculik by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Daniel Kelly defeated Steve Montgomery by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Richard Walsh defeated Steve Kennedy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
James Moontasri defeated Anton Zafir by TKO (kick/punches) at 4:36 of round one.
Ben Nguyen defeated Ryan Benoit by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:35 of round one.