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Holly Holm enter the Octagon before taking on Ronda Rousey (not pictured) in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Most of us underestimated Holly Holm at UFC 193

Now that UFC 193 is now in the books, it’s time for the fans that torched the idea of Holly Holm (10-0-0) challenging for the UFC bantamweight title to come clean.

In case you were living under a rock, Holm proved she was indeed a worthy challenger at UFC 193, upsetting former champion Ronda Rousey (12-1-0) to become the new champ.

They were perfectly legitimate reasons to pick Rousey for the fight. But now that it’s over, it’s time for many of us to openly admit it.

Let me start off. I underestimated Holly Holm.

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I didn’t think Holm could pull off the perfect fight, thinking the fight would go three rounds with Holm going down as the toughest challenger for Rousey to date.

UFC 193

Holly Holm lands a left-high kick against Ronda Rousey in the second round of their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

I was wrong. Dead wrong.

Holm dismantled Rousey with the skill of a surgeon.

And Dana White was right; Holm was indeed a worthy challenger.

A lot of the “hardcore” fans are now playing it off, like they knew this was going to happen all along.

Right.

But FOX Sports 1 analyst Rashad Evans didn’t underestimate her. Nor did the Fight Network’s Robin Black. And neither did Vegas Dave.

Give them credit for making the right pick and the right reasons.

And look at Tristar coach Firas Zihabi’s excellent video breaking down the fight.

There  are legitimate questions for Rousey’s trainers and her future. Rousey said on Instagram she’ll be back, but we’ll have to see what happens.

UFC 193

Holly Holm (R) is congratulated by Ronda Rousey (L) after Holm won by KO (head kick and punches) in two rounds of their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the interesting part is a wide-open bantamweight division.

Here’s to hoping Cyborg joins the party.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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