UFC women’s bantamweight bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (12-0-0) announced this morning on Good Morning America that No. 9 ranked Holly Holm (9-0-0) will challenge her Nov.15 at UFC 193 in Australia.
The two were formerly scheduled for UFC 195 Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, but an injury to welterweight champion Robbie Lawler forced the postponement of his defence against Carlos Condit from UFC 193’s main event.
Holm is a former world champion boxer, but has only two UFC fights under her belt. Many are wondering why No. 1-ranked contender Miesha Tate (17-5-0) is not getting the shot like it was rumoured after Rousey defeated Bethe Correia at UFC 190.
The 70,000 plus stadium Etihad Stadium in Melbourne will host the fight.
“Ronda Rousey was huge for us in Brazil,” UFC president Dana White said on ESPN Sportscenter. “She was well received there and it was just a phenomenal event. It did very well on Pay-Per-View here in the United States, and she’s obviously a huge superstar for us. Australia’s an important market for us, so we’re gonna bring her out there in our first real big stadium show, and we know she’ll break the (all-time MMA attendance) record out there.”
If the projections play out, it will exceed Toronto’s UFC 129, which drew over 55,000 fans to the Rogers Centre.
“She’s definitely my biggest challenge to date, so I’m super excited about it,” said Rousey.
Rousey is in the midst of a historic run, with several of her recent wins clocking in around under a minute. She is the 2015 ESPY female athlete of the year.
“I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there,” she said. “No one’s easy until after you beat them, and with Holly Holm, she’s the type that is ready to go 12 boxing rounds. She’s not the average chick that I fight. She’s the best striker I’ve ever fought, and striking is something I learned much later in my career. So I don’t ever expect fights to be easy and fast. No one knows exactly how the fights are going to go, and that’s why everybody buys them.”