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Amanda Nunes TKO's Ronda Rousey In Just 48 Seconds To Retain Her Title At UFC 207 (Video/Pics)

Ronda Rousey Will Return At UFC 207 To Fight Amanda Nunes For The Bantamweight Title (Video)

Ronda Rousey's UFC comeback didn't even last a minute.

Rousey was stopped 48 seconds into her first fight in 13 months Friday night, losing to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.

Rousey (12-2) never managed to get her footing against Nunes (14-4), who rocked Rousey with her very first punches. Rousey showed little defensive acumen as she staggered and stumbled backward with Nunes relentlessly pursuing her and landing 27 punches in the brief bout.

"Forget about Ronda Rousey!" Nunes shouted to the sellout crowd. "She's going to go do movies. Forget about her. She has a lot of money already."

Indeed, Rousey's future in the sport is clearly in question. The biggest star in the women's game, who left the arena without giving an interview, is likely considering retirement shortly before her 30th birthday.

"That's it for her," Nunes said. "For sure, she's going to retire."

Referee Herb Dean stopped the bout with Rousey still on her feet, and Rousey briefly protested the stoppage before leaving the cage in her mother's arms. Nunes put her finger to her lips and circled the cage after the stoppage, pausing to taunt Rousey's much-maligned coach, Edmond Tarverdyan.

"Her coach put some crazy things in her head, and her career started going down," Nunes said. "I'm the real striker here."

Cody Garbrandt won the men's bantamweight title in the penultimate bout at UFC 207, battering champion Dominick Cruz to earn a surprising decision victory at T-Mobile Arena in the promotion's traditional end-of-the-year show in its hometown.

But the sellout crowd left shocked when Rousey couldn't compete in her first fight since losing her belt to Holly Holm 13 months ago in her first career defeat.

Rousey became arguably the world's most famous female athlete and a combat sports trailblazer while she rocketed atop the UFC, but a year away from the sport apparently did little to heal the holes in her game. She made a guaranteed $3 million for her comeback bout, while Nunes' guaranteed payday was just $200,000.

"I knew I was going to beat (Rousey)," Nunes said. "I'm the best on the planet."

Rousey hadn't fought since November 2015, when Holly Holm stopped her with a head kick in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. Rousey had never lost or been in much trouble while the former Olympic judo medalist earned a series of one-sided victories, but Holm's veteran striking made Rousey look unprepared.

Rousey's return fight was similar, but even quicker.

Nunes claimed the belt at UFC 200 in July with a violent stoppage of Miesha Tate, who had beaten Holm in March. Nunes made an impressive ascent after losing three fights earlier in her career to opponents beaten easily by Rousey.

Rousey nearly vanished from public view after her first loss, taking time away from the gym and attending to her acting career. The UFC also was sold during her absence to WME-IMG, the entertainment conglomerate that also represents Rousey's career.

But Rousey refused to promote this pay-per-view show, leaving Cruz, Garbrandt and Nunes to do most of the work. While Rousey's media blackout will hurt her cut of the pay-per-view revenue, it didn't affect her guaranteed payday, which matched Conor McGregor for the biggest disclosed check in UFC history.

Earlier, Garbrandt (11-0) remained unbeaten with a virtuoso performance to claim the belt held for the past 11 months by Cruz (22-2), who ended up with a gaping cut over his left eye.

Garbrandt used precise striking, multiple takedowns and remarkable charisma to win over the judges, who all favored him by scores of 48-46, 48-46 and 48-47.

Cruz hadn't lost an MMA fight since March 24, 2007, winning 13 straight bouts in a career marked by multiple comebacks from major injuries.

The 25-year-old Garbrandt is a native of Uhrichsville, Ohio, who trains in the Sacramento-area gym of veteran fighter Urijah Faber.

Cruz and Garbrandt taunted each other repeatedly during the promotion of their bout, and their genuine dislike translated into a frenzied five-round fight. Garbrandt lived up to his boundless promise with a resourceful effort against Cruz, who was favored to defend his belt.

"If you don't lose, you don't grow," Cruz said. "We're all competitors here, and it's a game of inches. He beat me by a couple of inches tonight, and that's OK. ... There wasn't one second of this fight I wasn't trying to win. I chased him around the cage the whole night."

While Cruz threw 100 more strikes, Garbrandt landed a higher percentage of his shots and did more damage.

Both fighters landed significant strikes in the first two rounds, but Garbrandt turned the fight in his favor early in the third during the exchange that opened the cut on Cruz's face.

Garbrandt put on a performance in the fourth round, repeatedly knocking down Cruz when he wasn't dancing away from the champion.

After receiving his belt, Garbrandt wrapped it around the waist of Maddux Maple, a 10-year-old leukemia survivor from northern Ohio who has been his motivational talisman.

Garbrandt's first title defense could be against T.J. Dillashaw, who dominated John Lineker in a unanimous-decision victory moments earlier at UFC 207, winning 30-26 on all three cards. Dillashaw (15-3) showed off precise striking and a superior ground game to trounce the Brazilian brawler.

"Come try me!" Garbrandt shouted at Dillashaw afterward.

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Ronda Rousey Breaks Down, Admits To Contemplating Suicide Following Loss To Holly Holm On Ellen DeGeneres (Video)

Ronda Rousey (12-1) will make her long-awaited return to the Octagon on December 30. She faces a stiff test as she will be fighting champion Amanda Nunes (13-4) for the UFC Women's Bantamweighttitle.

UFC President Dana White made the announcement Wednesday, October 12, during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

"Ronda Rousey has been the biggest, baddest female fighter on the planet since (the UFC) got into to women's fighting," White said. "Ronda had a bad loss, obviously and lost her title, but she's still Ronda Rousey at the end of the day."

The upcoming fight will be Ronda's first since being brutally knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193 on November 15, 2015.

If Rousey defeats Nunes it could set up a possible fight between her and the woman many believe is the best female fighter in the world, Cris "Cyborg" Justino (17-1-1), at a catch weight.

Cyborg has been calling Rousey out for years. White told Cowherd that the fight will finally happen if Rousey wins in December.

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Laila Ali Says Holly Holm Will Beat Ronda Rousey Even Worse In A Rematch

Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey was a recent guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. During her chat with the host she was asked about her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November. The judoka had been previously undefeated.

Rousey was brought to tears and revealed publicly for the first time she had thought of committing suicide.

"Honestly, my thought in the medical room, I was sitting in the corner and was like, 'What am I anymore if I'm not this?'" Rousey said. "Literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. In that exact second, I'm like, 'I'm nothing. What do I do anymore? No one gives a s*** about me anymore without this.'"

Her relationship with boyfriend Travis Browne, a fellow UFC fighter, helped Rousey pull through.

"I looked up and saw my man, Travis, was standing there," Rousey said. "I'm looking up at him and was just like, 'I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.'"

We're glad Rousey got over her bout with depression. It would have been another tragedy for her mom, AnnMaria De Mars, and her loved ones.

Rousey's father committed suicide when she was 8-years old.

She's now back in the gym training. A rematch with Holm is expected to take place later this year.

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Ronda Rousey Finally Addresses Loss To Holly Holm. Congratulates The New Champion While Hosting Saturday Night Live (Video)

As most of you know by now Ronda Rousey suffered a brutal KO loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 last November.

Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali, retired from boxing with an undefeated record of 24-0. She is an expert when it comes to the sweet science. 

She recently discussed the Holm vs. Rousey fight and Holly's boxing background  with former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen.

"I'm familiar with [Holm] from boxing. She was a champion in boxing. She hadn't loss many fights. I don't know what her exact record was. She wasn't undefeated, but she went undefeated for a long time," Ali said. "She's a champion. I can tell ... I can look in her eyes and see that she's strong mentally, physically and she's probably her toughest competition. I'm not surpised that she's gone undefeated in mixed martial arts."

Ali believes that Rousey bought into all of the hype surrounding her and that was part of her downfall.

“People hype fighters up, but at the end of the day, what did Ronda Rousey have? 12 fights, something like that,” Ali added. “And they’re calling her the best fighter ever, and I see that she truly believes that about herself.

“You’re only as good as the opposition you face. There were some girls out there I never had the opportunity to face. But I saw Ronda Rousey kind of act like she really does believe that she’s the best female fighter in the world. I was thinking, wow, she hasn’t even faced some of the other girls that are considered to be the best.”

A rematch between Holm and Ronda is in the works. In Ali's opinion fans should expect the same result as their first fight.

“I personally do not think that she’ll beat Holly Holm [in a rematch],” she said. “I think that if she fought her again, then the same thing and worse will happen. Holly Holm was just getting warmed up. You know what I’m saying? She was just getting warmed up. She had nerves, too. This was her big moment.”

Ali had a lot more to say. To hear more listen to the full interview up top.

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Ronda Rousey poses naked in body paint bathing suit for risque Sports Illustrated shoot as magazine confirms the UFC fighter will star in 2016 Swimsuit Issue

Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey has been keeping a very low profile over the last several months while recovering from her loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November.

It was her first defeat as a professional and Holm walked out of the ring as the new UFC Bantamweight Champion.

Rousey hosted Saturday Night Live on January 23. During her monologue she addressed the loss publicly for the first time.

Mike Tyson Tells Ronda Rousey To Get Over Losing To Holly Holm & Show Her Face: "She Has To Understand We're In The Hurt Business" (Video)

“I’m so excited to be here because it’s the first time I’ll be on live television without getting punched in the face. It’s also the first time that I’m talking to my fans since my loss to Holly Holm in November, which, by the way, was a fight that Holly sincerely deserved to win, and I just wanted to take a minute to sincerely congratulate her," Ronda told the SNL audience. “And all of those who were worried I’m not ready to host the show because I like, have brain damage, relax. I’m good. Besides, everything is on the cue cards. But, in all seriousness, I’m fine, and tonight, I’m ready to crush it.”

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Ronda Rousey's Sister Says Part Of Her "Loved One Died" When Holly Holm KO'd Her. Fighter Will Reportedly Retire If She Loses Rematch

Sexy! Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day shared this behind-the-scenes image from the shoot on the magazine's Swim Daily website on Wednesday, confirming rumors about Ronda's appearance in the magazine

  • Ronda, 28, also appeared in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue
  • SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day shared a behind-the-scenes photo on Tuesday of an 'anonymous' model who appeared to have Ronda's wrist tattoos
  • Today, the magazine confirmed that Ronda posed in a Caribbean shoot and shared two more behind-the-scenes photos from her shoot
  • In the images, she is seen posing on a rock naked, with just a painted-on one-piece with an animal-print design obscuring her skin

It's official: Ronda Rousey is not only back for this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, she's upping the ante. This time around, the UFC fighter is going without the swimsuit altogether.

New official and behind-the-scenes paparazzi photos show the 28-year-old Californian posing for the Sports Illustrated team in nothing but body paint, which was applied to look like a curve-clinging one-piece bathing suit.

The snaps, taken on Petite Martinique island off the coast of Grenada, see the blonde stunner sitting on a rock, her breasts and behind bare save some strategically-brushed — and still quite low-cut — pigments, 

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Va-va-voom! Ronda Rousey poses in only body paint in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

Va-va-voom! Ronda Rousey poses in only body paint in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue

Work it! The 28-year-old is back for her second year, though she is wearing considerably less this time

Work it! The 28-year-old is back for her second year, though she is wearing considerably less this time

Rawr! Today, paparazzi pictures surfaced showing Ronda wearing a painted-on one-piece with an animal design

Rawr! Today, paparazzi pictures surfaced showing Ronda wearing a painted-on one-piece with an animal design

Nothing but colors: She swimsuit would be very sexy — and very revealing — even if it were real, but it's entirely made of paint
Nothing but colors: She swimsuit would be very sexy — and very revealing — even if it were real, but it's entirely made of paint

Nothing but colors: She swimsuit would be very sexy — and very revealing — even if it were real, but it's entirely made of paint

Official: Sports Illustrated confirmed that she participated in the Caribbean shoot and is one of several models to don body paint for the upcoming issue

Official: Sports Illustrated confirmed that she participated in the Caribbean shoot and is one of several models to don body paint for the upcoming issue

The steamy Caribbean photoshoot doesn't seem to feature much by way of setting, as Ronda is perched on a rock among some trees.

But it's unlikely anyone will care much for an exotic beach scene, anyway, with the competitive former Bantamweight Champion slinking around in nothing but skin.

The faux-swimsuit, which was inspired by a design from Australian swimwear label We Are Handsome — as well as some expert angling — cover up Ronda just enough, with a sizzling low-cut back design sexy enough to almost make a person forget that it's not actually fabric draped over her derriere.

Barint it all: The former Bantamweight champion isn't shy about showing off her figure

Barint it all: The former Bantamweight champion isn't shy about showing off her figure

Exotic locale: The shoot took place on Petite Martinique island off the coast of Grenada
Exotic locale: The shoot took place on Petite Martinique island off the coast of Grenada

Exotic locale: The shoot took place on Petite Martinique island off the coast of Grenada

Totally natural: Ronda's hair is loose and tousled and she is seen wearing minimal make-up

Totally natural: Ronda's hair is loose and tousled and she is seen wearing minimal make-up

Gorgeous: The editors of the issue confirmed her appearance and called the star 'flawless'
Gorgeous: The editors of the issue confirmed her appearance and called the star 'flawless'

Gorgeous: The editors of the issue confirmed her appearance and called the star 'flawless'

Back for round two: Last year, she posed on Captiva Island for photographer Walter Iooss Jr.

Back for round two: Last year, she posed on Captiva Island for photographer Walter Iooss Jr.

Yesterday, fans first got a hint that Ronda might be returning for the 2016 issue, a year after she posed on Captiva Island by famous photographer Walter Iooss Jr. 

SI Swimsuit editor MJ Day shared her own behind-the-scenes teaser from the shoot, picturing just Ronda's back and behind in the body paint one-piece.

Taken during the publication's current exotic shoot, Day uploaded the picture alongside the caption: '#instabooty if #2016 keeps going like this then I'm going to be one happy happy girl! #bootypaint #siswimsuit.'

The image quickly sent the internet into an excitable frenzy, as Ronda was recognizable by two tattoos on her wrists, which she first revealed in April of 2013.

Inspiration: Sports Illustrated revealed that Ronda's body paint was inspired by Australian swimwear label We Are Handsome, which is a favorite with the likes of Beyonce (pictured) and Rihanna

Inspiration: Sports Illustrated revealed that Ronda's body paint was inspired by Australian swimwear label We Are Handsome, which is a favorite with the likes of Beyonce (pictured) and Rihanna

Sexy! Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day shared this behind-the-scenes image from the shoot on the magazine's Swim Daily website on Wednesday, confirming rumors about Ronda's appearance in the magazine

Sexy! Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editor MJ Day shared this behind-the-scenes image from the shoot on the magazine's Swim Daily website on Wednesday, confirming rumors about Ronda's appearance in the magazine

Lean back: In another official behind-the-scenes shot, Ronda can be seen lounging on the sand in her painted-on suit

Lean back: In another official behind-the-scenes shot, Ronda can be seen lounging on the sand in her painted-on suit

Cheeky clue: MJ Day posted this image onto his Instagram account on Tuesday, prompting fans to guess that it showed Ronda

Cheeky clue: MJ Day posted this image onto his Instagram account on Tuesday, prompting fans to guess that it showed Ronda

Evidence: In April 2013 the UFC fighter revealed her new Kodokan flower Judo emblem, and UFC Octagon inkings, the same as those seen on the person featured in MJ Day's image

Evidence: In April 2013 the UFC fighter revealed her new Kodokan flower Judo emblem, and UFC Octagon inkings, the same as those seen on the person featured in MJ Day's image

Second time's the charm! Rousey, who is pictured showing off one of the tattoos at a press conference before her UFC loss to Holly Holm in November, also starred in a shoot for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit last year

Second time's the charm! Rousey, who is pictured showing off one of the tattoos at a press conference before her UFC loss to Holly Holm in November, also starred in a shoot for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit last year

The mixed martial artist has a Kodokan flower Judo emblem inking on her right wrist, and a UFC Octagon on her left, courtesy of tattoo artist, Hilmar Ramos.

Initially, Sports Illustrated refused to confirm her appearance in the upcoming issue, simply writing on its official website: 'Isn't the idea of Ronda donning nothing but paint enough to tie you over until the issue comes out in February? A body-painted spread in SI Swimsuit would truly be a comeback for the ages!'

Today, however — perhaps due to the release of the paparazzi images — the magazine confirmed that she is coming back for a second year.

The editors also revealed that she won't be the only model to don body paint for the sexy issue.

Holly Holm KO's Ronda Rousey to become new UFC champion
Following six consecutive title defences, Rousey was stunned by Holm in the second round of the bout

Following six consecutive title defences, Rousey was stunned by Holm in the second round of the bout

Rousey (left) was knocked out by a head kick and has revealed she is still 'really f****** sad' about it

Rousey (left) was knocked out by a head kick and has revealed she is still 'really f****** sad' about it

Downtime: Ronda has been keeping a low-profile since the loss, mostly being spotted by paparazzi while out with boyfriend Travis Browne

Downtime: Ronda has been keeping a low-profile since the loss, mostly being spotted by paparazzi while out with boyfriend Travis Browne

Ronda went into the shoot off the back of a shocking loss to fellow American Holly Holm in the UFC women's Bantamweight title fight in November.

She has largely remained out of the public eye since, with the main exception being her December appearance at the Marine Corps Ball after being asked out by Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert.

She has also been spotted out in California with boyfriend Travis Browne, 33, a fellow UFC fighter who was publicly accused by his ex-wife of spousal abuse.

The two have been keeping a low-profile while Ronda recovers from her injuries, which she said could take months to heal. 

Though she described being 'f***ing sad' about the loss, however, she isn't wallowing, and had since challenged Holly to a rematch. It has been rumored that it may take place on July 9, though neither the fight nor the date have been confirmed.  

Rousey spotted with boyfriend Travis Browne in California
Ronda is clearly eager to put her devastating loss behind her; she will host Saturday Night Live this month

Ronda is clearly eager to put her devastating loss behind her; she will host Saturday Night Live this month

Last year, Derek Jeter's fiancee Hannah Davis was given the honor of appearing on the issue's cover

Last year, Derek Jeter's fiancee Hannah Davis was given the honor of appearing on the issue's cover

Until then, Ronda is certainly keeping busy. It was announced this week that she will host Saturday Night Live on January, with musical guest Selena Gomez on January 23.

She also has several other big-budget projects in the works for 2016, including a starring role in a remake of the 1989 film Road House.

The star is set to take on Patrick Swayze's bouncer character, her first starring role in a film after acting appearances in the Entourage movie, Furious 7, and The Expendables 3.

She'll also be producing and starring as herself in a film based on her autobiography My Fight/Your Fight.

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Ronda Rousey Won't Like This: New UFC Champ Holly Holm Hangs With Floyd Mayweather Jr. & Jamie Foxx At L.A. Clippers Game (Video/Pics)

Ronda Rousey had vowed to beat all of her opponents and retire undefeated. Those plans were derailed when she was brutally knocked out by Holly Holm while defending her Bantamweight Championship belt at UFC 193 in Australia on November 15, 2015.

The loss forced the 28-year old Judoka to reassess her future as a mixed martial arts competitor. A rematch with Holm is being planned by the UFC, but there's already talk that if the "Rowdy" one loses she will retire from fighting.

An emotional Holly Holm reacts to her win against Ronda Rousey

Rousey's sister, Maria Burns Ortiz, recently talked with Vice Sports to talk about the fight and the affect it had on her sibling.

"We expected Ronda to win. Just like we always do. Just like we always will. But she didn't. I haven't rewatched it. I haven't read about it. I won't," Ortiz said. "I don't see a point in reliving the moment when a part of my loved one died, when I saw someone I cared about have her soul crushed. I saw how horrible people can be to someone they don't even know, which made me even more appreciative when I saw how wonderfully Ronda's friends and family treated her. Those are the people that matter."

Most of the all-time greats in both mixed martial arts and boxing have lost bouts. There's no shame in that. Just about every one of them rebounded and continued their careers.

If Rousey checks out of the game following a second loss to Holm, I don't see any way she should be ranked among the best in her sport.

What's your take?

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Takes High Road In Response To Ronda Rousey's KO Loss To Holly Holm "You Win Some, You Lose Some"

Holly Holm is basking in the glory of her knockout win over Ronda Rousey. The new UFC Bantamweight Champion was already known for her successful boxing and kickboxing career, but now A-list celebrities are acknowledging her latest accomplishment.

Holm and her husband took in the L.A. Clippers game at the Staples Center on Thursday, November 19th.

While there, Holm posed for photos with Jamie Foxx and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

When asked if he planned on giving the new champion a movie role, Foxx said he was just helping to celebrate her victory.

Could a few big endorsements soon be heading Holm's way?

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Laila Ali On Ronda Rousey's Loss To Holly Holm "In Order To Be The Best, You Definitely Don't Ever Get Beat Up Like That" (Video)

The media has tried hard to drum up a beef between Floyd Mayweather Jr. andRonda Rousey over the last year. Money May never really bought into it and following Ronda's loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193, the retired boxing champion refused to pour salt in her wounds.

"Oh, I don't know. I don't speak on nobody's situation," Mayweather told MLive's David Mayo, when asked about the fight. "Just in boxing period, contact sports period, you win some, you lose some. I don't know about this fight, I just know that you win some and you lose some. It basically comes with the territory."

Rousey suffered her first loss in 13 professional fights when Holm knocked her out with a head kick in the second round of their match in Australia, over the weekend.

The judoka promised her fans via Instagram that she will be back.

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Ronda Rousey knocked out cold in second round by Holly Holm as UFC's bantamweight champion is dethroned in stunning shock {VIDEO}

Muhammad Ali's daughter, Laila Ali, is very familar with Holly Holm's championship boxing background, so it was no surprise to her that "The Preacher's Daughter"destroyed Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.

"It's obvious who the better fighter was," Ali, a former pugilist champion herself, told TMZ Sports. "I think [Rousey] can watch the tape and see what she needs to work on."

"Holly Holm did not fight last night like she used to fight in the ring," Ali continued. "You can't go into an mma fight and fight the same way you would in a boxing match. Any smart fighter, any type of fighter, regardless of what it is. You gotta know what you're getting in there to face and you gotta prepare yourself for it, mentally and physically"

Ali finished by insinuating that Rousey is overrated.

"In order to be the best in the world, you definitely don't ever get beat up like that in your prime, period," she said.

Well, damn...

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Ronda Rousey was the UFC's unstoppable force until Holly Holm used the former champion's aggression against her to produce one of the sport's biggest upsets.

Rousey chased Holm around the ring at UFC 193 on Sunday — looking for the right hold and taking head shots along the way — until Holm saw an opening 59 seconds into the second round and snapped a kick to the head that immediately dropped her more fancied opponent to the canvas.

Holm (10-0) jumped on the prone Rousey, delivering several blows to her head before the referee intervened, ending Rousey's 12-fight unbeaten run and handing Holm the bantamweight title.

An ecstatic Holm jumped around the ring while Rousey stayed on the canvas as she received medical treatment amid the roar of a stunned, record UFC crowd.

"She's won a lot of fights and imposed her will on a lot of fighters," Holm said. "So I expected her to be aggressive and impose her will on me.

"She had me on the cage for a minute and obviously she was trying in for a take down right there ... she had a lot of things she was trying so I'm just glad I put in the practice," she added.

Rousey, a former judo Olympian, was unbeaten through 12 UFC fights before meeting Holm, and a win would have been her seventh title defense. Instead, Holm, a 34-year-old veteran female boxer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the championship belt.

"We figured her aggression was coming, if it didn't that's OK, but with footwork and my career we figured she wouldn't give me that space," Holm said. "There's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears but it was all worth it."

Rousey left the stadium to receive treatment for concussion and facial cuts at a nearby hospital after the loss and skipped the post-fight media conference.

"She was transported (to hospital) because she got knocked out," UFC chief Dana White said. "Obviously she's completely bummed out and depressed."

White said a rematch between Holm and Rousey made "a lot of sense" and would put other potential matchups on the backburner.

"Obviously we don't make fights the night of the fight, but the rematch makes a lot of sense," he said. "The rematch is what the people want to see."

In the other title bout, a bloodied Joanna Jedrzejczyk outlasted Valerie Letourneau to successfully defend her straw-weight belt in a five-round slugfest.

Jedrzejczyk (11-0) won a unanimous points decision over Letourneau (8-4) who offered the champion one of her tougher fights in some time.

The six-time Muay Thai world champion Jedrzejczyk started to pressure her opponent from the second round with some trademark, lightning-quick combinations to Letourneau's head, while forcing the challenger to keep her distance with some effective kicks.

Organizers announced a crowd of 56,214 at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, which normally hosts Australian rules football matches. The mark eclipsed the 55,724 fans who attended UFC 129 at Toronto's Rogers Centre in 2011.

Rousey, 28, has taken UFC by storm since her debut in 2012 and her success has led to several movie projects as well the publishing of her autobiography.

But it was Holm's calm confidence and the manner of her win that attracted all the attention Sunday.

"Tonight was one of those moments," White said. "These are the moments in fighting that make it so crazy and so fun. Tonight was one of those moments."

Holm, a former undisputed welterweight boxing champion, said the moment of her UFC title victory was "one of those moments that you live for."

"They're the scariest moments. This fight was a lot for me mentally," she added. "I couldn't tell you how many times I cried in the gym leading up to this fight.

"It's a lot to take in, but those kinds of fights are the ones where a loss is devastating but a win is that sweet of a victory."

White said that while most onlookers were shocked by Rousey's loss, he was not one of them.

"At the end of the day I made this fight. I said this was a good fight," he said. "Holly was the right fight. Ronda had never faced anybody who uses the range and distance the way she does.

"This woman has four times more fights than Ronda does. She's been a world champion," he said.

New Zealand-born Australian middleweight Robert Whittaker (16-4) earned a gutsy win on points over Uriah Hall (13-6), while Jared Rosholt (14-2) won a unanimous decision of towering Dutchman Stefan Struve (30-8) in a scrappy opening heavyweight bout of the main card.

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Ronda Rousey knocked out cold in second round by Holly Holm

  • Ronda Rousey was beaten for the first time in her mixed martial arts career by challenger Holly Holm
  • Rousey had previously been taken beyond the first round just once in the six defences of her title
  • But Holm was impressive from the opening bell as she landed repeatedly to the champion's face
  • And she completed the job in the second round, dropping Rousey before the referee stepped in 

Not even Ronda Rousey is invincible.

In the biggest shock in the UFC's history, the bantamweight champion was knocked out cold by Holly Holm in front of a record crowd of 56, 214 in Melbourne.

Rousey struggled to cope with the strikes from the former boxing world champion and when she was dropped in the second round, Holm pounced to land a barrage of blows that forced referee Herb Dean to step in. 

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Holly Holm moves in for the finish as she defeats the UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in a stunning upset

Holly Holm moves in for the finish as she defeats the UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in a stunning upset

Rousey was dropped by a kick to the head to which she had no answer as Holm pulled off the biggest upset in the history of the UFC

Rousey was dropped by a kick to the head to which she had no answer as Holm pulled off the biggest upset in the history of the UFC

Rousey was knocked out and was taken to hospital for treatment after suffering a devastating defeat at the hands of Holm

Rousey was knocked out and was taken to hospital for treatment after suffering a devastating defeat at the hands of Holm

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Holm on her way to a shock win over Rousey who was stopped in the second round in Melbourne in front of a record crowd 

Holm on her way to a shock win over Rousey who was stopped in the second round in Melbourne in front of a record crowd 

Holm repeatedly beat Rousey to the punch as her kickboxing background trumped the champion's judo-based game

Holm repeatedly beat Rousey to the punch as her kickboxing background trumped the champion's judo-based game

Rousey was kept at bay by the former boxing world champion and was unable to take the fight to the ground other than on one occasion

Rousey was kept at bay by the former boxing world champion and was unable to take the fight to the ground other than on one occasion

Rousey managed to take the fight to the canvas once but was unable to keep it there as she saw her chance of victory slip away

Rousey managed to take the fight to the canvas once but was unable to keep it there as she saw her chance of victory slip away

Holm even managed to take down Rousey but was quickly back on her feet to return the fight to her more favoured position 

Holm even managed to take down Rousey but was quickly back on her feet to return the fight to her more favoured position 

UFC 193 RESULTS 

Holly Holm bt Ronda Rousey by KO 

J Jedrzejczyk bt Valerie Letourneau via UD

Mark Hunt bt Antonio Silva via TKO

Robert Whittaker bt Uriah Hall via UD

Jared Rosholt bt Stefan Struve via UD 

Jake Matthews bt Akbarh Arreola via TKO

Kyle Noke bt Peter Sobotta via TKO 

Gian Villante bt Anthony Perosh via KO

Danny Martinez bt Richie Vaculik via UD

Dan Kelly bt Steve Montgomery via UD

Richard Walsh bt Steve Kennedy via UD

James Moontasri bt Anton Zafir via TKO

Ben Nguyen bt Ryan Benoit via submission  

'I don't know, I'm trying to take it all in. This is crazy!,' said the new champion. 'Getting in here, I just felt so much support. I thought, "How can I not do this with all this support?" I had the best coaching, from stand-up to grappling to wrestling.

'I have to say, everything we worked on presented itself in the fight. Every grab she tried to get, on the cage, I have not spent this much time in the gym before any fight in my life.'

In Rousey's previous six defences of her title, she had been taken beyond the first round just once, by Miesha Tate in their rematch in 2013, and her last three fights had lasted a combined one minute and 47 seconds.

But Holm, who made the switch to mixed martial arts four years ago, was expected to ask new questions of Rousey with her superior stand-up game and footwork.

And she did just that.

Rousey refused to touch gloves with the 34-year-old and looked to get inside in a bid to avoid the challenger's strikes.

But she shipped a left hand almost immediately as the tone of the fight quickly became apparent.

Holm was happy to let Rousey chase her around the Octagon but when the latter took the fight to the canvas there was, briefly, an air of invincibility.

Half of the champion's previous victims had been beaten by armbar but on this occasion Holm wriggled free and returned to her feet. 

Rousey was second best for as long as the contest lasted and she was unable to fend off the strikes from Holm

Rousey was second best for as long as the contest lasted and she was unable to fend off the strikes from Holm

Rousey is attended to after suffering a devastating defeat, the first of her mixed martial arts career

Rousey is attended to after suffering a devastating defeat, the first of her mixed martial arts career

A dejected Rousey is treated after the fight before the beaten champion was taken straight to hospital to be checked over

Holm looks on as Rousey is tended to after she was knocked out by the title challenger in what proved to be an explosive main event

Holm looks on as Rousey is tended to after she was knocked out by the title challenger in what proved to be an explosive main event

A UFC record crowd of 56,214 stand in suspense as Rousey and Holm square off in the octagon inside the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

A UFC record crowd of 56,214 stand in suspense as Rousey and Holm square off in the octagon inside the Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

Ronda Rousey is hugged by her coach Edmond Tarverdy after being defeated by Holly Holm
Holly Holm defeats defending champion Ronda Rousey (left)

Rousey is comforted by her coach Edmond Tarverdy (left) before Holm is officially announced as the new bantamweight champion

That would be the last moment of danger for the underdog as she continued to redden her opponent's face.

Even after a minute's respite, Rousey struggled to adjust to the challenge in front of her.

And with just over a minute remaining in the second round, a kick to the head left her prone on the canvas and Holm was allowed to land a further few blows before her coronation could begin.

'I feel like those are the moments we live for,' she said.

'They are the scariest moments, I couldn't tell you how many times I cried during this training camp.

'It's uncomfortable sometimes but I like to take the chance and give myself the chance.

'A lot of people thought it was early [to fight for the title]. If you don't take the opportunities in front of you, how are you going to get anywhere?'

UFC president Dana White later confirmed Rousey had been taken to hospital.

He added: 'The rematch makes a lot of sense, it's what people want to see. It changes a lot of things.

'Tonight was one of those moments, these are the moments in fighting that make it so crazy and fun.'

Holm performs here trademark back-flip celebration to the delight of the crowd as she records her third victory in the UFC

Holm performs here trademark back-flip celebration to the delight of the crowd as she records her third victory in the UFC

Holm celebrates after shocking the world with her second-round defeat of previously unbeaten Rousey in Melbourne

Holm celebrates with the belt as she became the first fighter to win world titles in both boxing and mixed martial arts

Holm celebrates with the belt as she became the first fighter to win world titles in both boxing and mixed martial arts

Holm poses for a photo with her team as they celebrate the biggest win of her career after Rousey was beaten

Holm poses for a photo with her team as they celebrate the biggest win of her career after Rousey was beaten

Holm leaves the Octagon as fans clamber to take photographs of the UFC's new women's bantamweight champion

In the other title bout, a bloodied Joanna Jedrzejczyk outlasted Valerie Letourneau to successfully defend her strawweight belt in a five-round slugfest.

The Polish champion won a unanimous points decision after her toughest fight in some time.

After containing Jedrzejczyk early on, Letourneau was slowed by a powerful front kick to the face with just over a minute left in the first round.

The six-time Muay Thai world champion Jedrzejczyk built the pressure from the second round with some trademark, lightning-quick combinations to Letourneau's head, while forcing the challenger to keep her distance with some effective kicks.

Earlier, Mark Hunt of New Zealand won his rematch with Brazil's Antonio Silva by technical knockout after the referee stopped the feature heavyweight bout in the first round.

New Zealand-born Australian middleweight Robert Whittaker was rewarded for his gutsy win on points over Uriah Hall with a deafening roar from the partisan crowd.

And Jared Rosholt won a unanimous decision against towering Dutchman Stefan Struve in a scrappy opening heavyweight bout of the main card.

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Ronda Rousey became the first mixed martial arts fighter to cover The Ring Magazine in the publication's 93-year history. In fact you have to go as far back as 1978 to find the first and only time a female boxer, Cathy "Cat" Davis, was featured on the cover of "The Bible of Boxing," according to FightHype.

"Well, you know, congratulations, but you know the sport is starting to look bad when a female fighter from a whole other sport is on the cover of a boxing book," the futureHall of Famer said.

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Comment by Shifty on October 13, 2016 at 10:54am
Who did she fight to get back in title contention? Ummmmmmmmm
Comment by Dave on February 4, 2016 at 5:05pm
Laila still looking good.
Comment by mssusieqno1 on January 8, 2016 at 12:09pm
RR. Still vote. Typos
Comment by mssusieqno1 on January 8, 2016 at 12:09pm
I still love vote for RD because she's that "B****". You go girl!
Comment by GospelPan on January 8, 2016 at 8:19am
Folks will sell their soul for money, she makes boat loads of money and still feels the need to pose naked, to get more...it's all about the love of money.
Comment by Dave on January 8, 2016 at 12:54am
Yeeaah. No. She's fugly.
Comment by Big Shot... on December 5, 2015 at 8:39pm

Wow, now that clown Froid Maryweather wants to be seen with Holly Holm's. He became an instint fan cause she silenced (for now) a problem he had. What a sucker, he was missing when ever Ronda Rousy addressed him (when hi got mad about her getting awards over him), even for the charity event she asked him about, and the minute she lost, he was on every social media outlet talking crap. Now hes going to event after event with Holm's? A true puss.

Funny how he and his fans somehow view this as a victory for him when he did nothing but come late cheerleading. Like somehow he had something to do with Holm's win. The crazy part is when people speak of Fraud they talk like its impossible for an MMA to beat him when he hasnt bust a grape in almost 10yrs. No of his opponents have every looked like Ronda did against Holm's. We havent seen a broken nose, busted lip, blackened eye or a knock down in any of Fraud's fights since he KO'd a one demensional fighter named Ricky Hatton in 2007. (And might I add, Hatton was winning that fight up until thats KO.)

Holm's brings the offense with a matial arts defense, her whole body is a weapon, shes a boxing champion, trained in kickboxing and MMA (being a champ now). Its just not the same thing. Fraud may win running from Ronda in a boxing ring looking sader then ever (to those that can see), but in the MMA arena, Fraud would catch a bad one, doesnt matter if hes a guy. Cause HE'S a different type of dude.

Comment by GospelPan on November 18, 2015 at 3:31pm

She was running her mouth too much, ....even challenging men...well, pride goes before the fall and she fell hard...I know she feels foolish now.

Comment by Dave on November 17, 2015 at 10:02pm
Finally faced a skilled pugilist. It was only a matter of time.
Comment by Shifty on November 17, 2015 at 7:20am
The better fighter won....it's not about size it's not about hype...in life you have to have a reason to fight, therefore your heart will never be into it.

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