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The myth of the unbeatable fighter is just that, a myth. In what will go down as the single most memorable UFC fight in history, Ronda Rousey was not only defeated, but systematically destroyed by a fighter and a coaching staff that had spent years preparing for that night.
The idea was that Holm, a former world boxing champion, would impressively knock out Raquel Pennington, a. Rousey was there to face Cat Zingano, a fight that was supposed to be the hardest one of her career.
Holm looked unimpressive, barely squeaking by in a split decision.
Rousey beat Zingano with an armbar in 14 seconds. Nobody came out of that night clamoring to see Rousey vs. Holm looked better in winning a decision over Marion Reneau, in another standup fight.
Rousey destroyed Bethe Correia. UFC announced Tate as the challenger, and then changed their mind, figuring Rousey vs. Tate happened twice with Rousey winning via armbar both times, and with Holm, they could at least promote it as Rousey facing a multi-time world boxing champion.
Holm started fighting in MMA inwhile still active in boxing. Byher handlers, seeing how popular rousey had become, started training her specifically for Rousey. She'd already done kickboxing, so she wasn't a pure boxer.
So the key was using her footwork to keep away and throw jabs and avoid the clinch, and if in the clinch, avoiding the throw. And if getting thrown, drilling endlessly on pulling out of the armbar.
The key is that nobody that had fought Rousey up to that point wanted to run away from her, or more aptly, use footwork to make Rousey have to chase and wear herself out before getting a clinch.
Rousey has been training to fight a certain way, because it worked. Holm had the two of the best MMA coaches in the world, Mike Winklejon and Greg Jackson, the latter the guru of game plans, who broke down Rousey's style.
Holm showed up in the best shape of her life. Rousey was very clearly not in her best shape, and there were personal distractions everywhere that weren't conducive to having a clear focused head into a fight.
Rousey's mother, AnnMaria DeMars, wasn't in Australia, the first time she wasn't at one of her fights. Her mother had publicly called her trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, a fraud.
She was dating a married man who was accused by his wife of beating her, right after she had made fun of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
While not a secret, she had always kept her relationships private, until he made it public. After it came out and it was brought up on a media call, instead of being ready with just a remark of how she doesn't want to discuss her personal life, instead, she hung up the phone.
She was a few weeks from starting production in the movie "Road House," where she was not just in a fight scene, or in a small role, but the centerpiece and main star of the movie, in almost every scene and having to carry the movie with dialogue. In some cases they fit and in some ways they didn't, although the end result of both the real boxing title fights and the scripted one, and her fight, were identical.
The overconfident champion with too many distractions and not in her best shape loses. The difference is that Tyson really was a superior fighter to Douglas, but upsets happen and for various reasons, people have bad days. Lewis was a different level of boxer as Rahman, but underestimated his opponent and wasn't in shape and lost.
Rousey clearly wasn't in her best shape, but the difference is, given the styles, even if she was, the Holm who showed up on that night, as opposed to the Holm who fought Pennington, was going to be difficult for her to beat.
Rousey was not herself all week in Australia. She was fine in front of the public, but those close to the situation said she was very different behind the scenes. She freaked out at the weigh-ins and lost her composure while trying to, and building, last second hype for a fight that had no outside heat, and a show whose only draw was that it was a Saturday night with a Rousey fight, the notion of boxer vs.
Fortunately, the part about it being a Saturday night and a Rousey fight, by itself, was going to be enough to guarantee huge business even without the last minute SportsCenter moment and the 5 million Friday Google searches that put the event over the top.
Once the fight started, it was the matador and the bull.
Rousey charged after Holm, who continually danced away. Holm peppered her with shots and Rousey was bleeding. Rousey got tired quickly, and seemed to panic. She had trouble getting the clinch, and when she did, Holm escaped from it.
When she couldn't Holm used her years of wrestling training that was part of the beat Rousey game plan to avoid being thrown. When she was thrown, she used her years of drilling armbar escapes to avoid what had been inevitable in all of Rousey's previous fights.
Soon, Rousey was tired and couldn't throw her any longer, and in a straight kickboxing match, she was facing someone with 18 years of training and 50 professional fights fought standing, as opposed to someone who had spent maybe a few minutes of her entire career standing in a fight.The true history of a legendary American folk hero.
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Athletes and drugs - Ben Johnson Ben Johnson from Canada was the first well known athlete to test positive for drugs. He set a world record in winning the metre dash at the Seoul Olympics but later tested positive for steroids and was banned from competition for two years.
The first show was headlined by Antonio Inoki, the era’s biggest superstar, facing Shota Chochishvili, who captured the gold medal at pounds in judo in and bronze in the open division in , for Inoki’s world martial arts championship. Ben Johnson, a Canadian sprinter, is stripped of his gold medal at the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea after testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid.
Johnson claims that his herbal drink was spiked, but officials decline his explanation and suspend him from competition for two years. Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk was stripped of her gold medal after testing positive for metenolone at the London Olympic Games. Ben Johnson was stripped of his gold medal in the meter sprint at the Summer Olympics when he tested positive for stanozolol after winning the final.
and he denied ever using steroids.