UFC 193 Preview – Rousey Vs Holm

UFC 193 preview

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Does Holly Holm have a chance? Check out our UFC 193 preview.

The early promotion for the fight showed a ton of promise. The UFC put together one of their best commercials for the fight, calling it a revolution.

For whatever reason, the hype for Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm cooled down. It cooled down enough that Ronda seemingly took it upon herself at the weigh-ins to go crazy and get on the sports news shows.

Personally, I think a lot of the coolness for the show is that Holm isn’t doing much talking and thus, she’s not giving Ronda anything to work with. It’s much like Ronda’s fight with Sara McMann where talk about respect dominates rather than talk about how badly Ronda wants to knock Bethe Correia’s block off. Well, until last night.

Also, very few people give Holly Holm much of a chance, which isn’t much different from the normal Ronda fight.

But it’s still Ronda Rousey. I know my mom wants to watch the fight and she only really cares about the big boxing PPVs. So they have our money. UFC 193 may not be as big as UFC 190 on PPV, but I think filling or nearly filling that big stadium will make the show unique and possibly memorable.

In addition to the FGB crew, included in our picks are John LaRocca, president of Premier Wrestling, the hardest working woman in MMA, Heidi Fang who is now working for Fox Sports, and our jiu-jitsu expert, Alex Goff.

Here’s how we’re doing so far:

Alan: 49-21
John: 46-24
Jim: 46-24
Duan: 43-27
Heidi: 42-28
Alex: 42-28
GG: 42-28

Here’s our UFC 193 preview:

Stefan Struve Vs Jared Rosholt

Duan: Jared Rosholt
Alan: Jared Rosholt
John: Stefan Struve
Heidi: Stefan Struve
Alex: Jared Rosholt
Jim: Stefan Struve
GG: Jared Rosholt

Robert Whittaker Vs Uriah Hall

Duan: Uriah Hall
Alan: Uriah Hall
John: Uriah Hall
Heidi: Uriah Hall
Alex: Uriah Hall
Jim: Uriah Hall
GG: Robert Whittaker

Mark Hunt Vs Antônio Silva

Duan: Mark Hunt
Alan: Mark Hunt
John: Mark Hunt
Heidi: Mark Hunt
Alex: Mark Hunt
Jim: Mark Hunt
GG: Mark Hunt

Joanna Jędrzejczyk Vs Valérie Létourneau

Duan: Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Alan: Joanna Jędrzejczyk
John: Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Heidi: Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Alex: Joanna Jędrzejczyk
Jim: Joanna Jędrzejczyk
GG: Joanna Jędrzejczyk

Ronda Rousey Vs Holly Holm

Alan: Ronda Rousey by 1st round submission
I think this will be a quick one for Ronda. Straight in, clinch, throw, arm bar!

Heidi: Ronda Rousey by 1st round TKO
Rousey will take this to the ground quickly ala Alexis Davis and pound Holm to the finish. She could also resurrect the arm bar, but she does like to beat her opponents at their own game. In this case, punches it is.

Alex: Ronda Rousey by 1st round submission
Is there any record of Greg Jackson? Just a few years ago he was the coaching mastermind who would cause the best fighters in the world to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico to hear and receive his word. He was the head advisor or something to one of the best fighters ever in Georges St-Pierre. Now, it appears that Mike Winkeljohn has stepped up, but I hope he doesn’t disappear too or what would happen to the gym?

Any long time MMA observer is aware of the success Jackson and Winkeljohn have had. They’ve coached an impressive roster of fighters including many champions. Now what we have is not a gym transplant, but a woman who started in their aerobics program preparing to face the best woman this sport has ever seen. Can the team of Holm, Jackson, and Winkeljohn shock the world this Saturday night? It will take a combination of all three to make this happen.

What I will be interested in seeing is Holly’s footwork and power against Ronda’s grappling. Ronda gets hit often and believes in her hands and feet. If Holly is able to connect with one solid one, or a consistent stream of strikes she may be able to control Ronda’s entries, which is the only way she can win the fight. This isn’t a fight I would stake my reputation on and say the champion is going to lose, but I feel that many observers are confident in the outcome and I wouldn’t be so sure. Now if this fight takes place at a grappler’s distance, and Ronda is able to execute a takedown, it will spell a short night for Holly.

Jim: Ronda Rousey by 1st round submission
Maybe she tries to prove a point standing, but I think she goes with her bread and butter on this one.

GG: Ronda Rousey by 1st round TKO
I have a feeling that Ronda is going to try to stand until she gets punched in the face, which I expect to be early. Holm has a reach advantage and a boxing pedigree, so she’ll know how to use her distance initially. But Rousey is so quick, that once she decides to get inside and work her magic, I don’t think it will take that long. I don’t think she taps her out, but I do think she finishes her on the ground.

Duan: Ronda Rousey
John: Ronda Rousey by 1st round submission

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