Holly Holm: The Superstar That Never Was

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Will Holly Holm Reach the Zenith of MMA Glory Again?

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Before facing Ronda Rousey in the main event of UFC 193, Holly Holm was unknown to most MMA fans back in 2015. Fight junkies saw Holm as just another girl that Rousey would beat up or maybe – and more likely – submit via her signature armbar.

During the weigh-ins, in a packed Etihad Stadium, in Melbourne, Australia, Holm came out first, donning a black zip up hoodie that she removed as she stepped onto the scale. After a few seconds, Joe Rogan enthusiastically yelled, “134 for the challenger!”, confirming that Holm had made the required weight.

Holm’s blank face turned into a subtle smile as she walked off the scale and approached UFC President Dana White to shake his hand. What followed was a loud pop from the Australian crowd when Rogan announced that Rousey is next to step onto the weighing scale. Based on the crowd’s reaction, even a blind person would be able to identify who the star of the event was.

Rousey wasted no time; she unzipped her Reebok hoodie, dropped her track pants, and straight to the scale she went. Rogan announced that she too is at 134 pounds. Rousey – using her intimidation tactics – went trudging down from the scale, past White, and in front of Holm’s face as if she wanted the fight to happen a day earlier.

But Holm is no pushover, she would not let Rousey impose her dominance. The challenger shifted to her southpaw stance. And as White was trying to separate the two women to stop them from hurting each other – before they are allowed to actually hurt each other – Holm’s right fist grazed Rousey on her left jaw.

The oohs were very much audible from the Aussie crowd from watching the sequence of mild tension, as if they were saying, “This Holm chick’s gonna have her ass whooped.”

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Slaying the Legend

When Holly’s left foot connected with the champion’s jaw, everybody lost their minds. For the first time, Rousey looked like a mortal in the Octagon; the place where she turned herself into a goddess in everyone’s eyes. Everyone’s except for Holm’s.

After a first round in which Rousey was outclassed by the challenger, something unexpected was witnessed by the whole world. In the 4:03 mark of the second round, referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the fight, marking the end of Rousey’s reign.
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The Morning After: Three Things We Learned from UFC 218

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Holloway, Ngannou, and Alvarez Take Center Stage at UFC 218

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UFC 218 is officially in the history books, and fight fans were gifted with an early Christmas present in the form of three exhilarating bouts that delivered jaw-dropping highlights to open the month of December.

Fireworks were on display in Detroit, Michigan, as the legitimate top guys separated themselves from the middle-tier fighters to end their 2017 with a bang. That said, let’s break this event down as we bring you three talking points from UFC 218.

Hawaii’s got a new ‘Prodigy’

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Max “Blessed” Holloway put on a clinic for almost 15 minutes as he picked apart José Aldo with sharp jabs for three rounds. Aldo’s bloodied and battered face sums up the story of the fight; Max was able to utilize his four-inch height advantage and the Brazilian didn’t have an answer.

Holloway is Hawaii’s new crowned jewel. And although not as explosive as fellow Hawaiian striker BJ Penn, Holloway proved that he can be as dominant if not more.

Let’s give credit to the former featherweight champion, though. He took the fight on a short notice against the man who already took him out the last time he set foot inside the Octagon. The 31-year-old replaced Frankie Edgar who had to pull out due to a fractured orbital.

Aldo fought smarter and more economic, utilizing his famous leg kicks as his main tool of attack. Conditioning is in Holloway’s favor, however, as the Hawaiian showed no signs of fatigue and dullness to his strikes.

The champion executed his plan to perfection. “My trainers said, ‘Let’s take him to deep water.’ We know he can’t swim there and we were gonna drown him,” Holloway revealed during the post-fight interview.
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Rolando Dy’s Redemption

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High Stakes for Rolando Dy’s Second Chance

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Fighting in the hallowed Octagon is Rolando Dy’s dream “since Day One.” However, Dy will have to literally fight for his dream to stay alive, as he was given another chance to remain in the roster of the premier MMA league.

Dy revealed that the UFC already decided to cut him last month. “[Nakatanggap] kami ng email sa UFC na they will cut me. So, okay, tinanggap namin ‘yon,” Dy shared. (We received an email from the UFC that they will cut me. So, okay, we accepted that.)

But Dy’s UFC tenure is not over just yet; he received another email from the UFC, asking him to fight on a two-week notice. And although it was a very steep mountain to climb, Dy agreed to fight Wuliji Buren in the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs Gastelum, in his opponent’s home of Shanghai, China.

Since making his Octagon debut last June, Dy has yet to taste victory inside an Ultimate Fighting Championship cage. Dy showed fire in the opening round of his debut fight against veteran Alex Caceres, but he was TKO’d due to an eye injury that he suffered in the second round.

He then had a shot at redemption three months later, but he was beaten by Japanese Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision in the undercard of UFC Saitama.
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