UFC 193: Main Card Review
UFC 193: Main Card Review
Holly Holm shocks the world with Knock out of the Night. Rousey’s weak striking game gets exposed, and in a way so does the level of competition she’s fought. Holm fought a perfect fight, excellent boxing, her timing was top notch and she defended Rousey’s grappling. Holly Holm found every hole in Ronda’s game and punched it. She landed a stiff left hand over and over, eventually stumbling Rousey before landing a beautiful head kick. Rousey is going to need to reconfigure the way she approaches a fight. No one is better on the ground than her and she chose to stand and trade. Pride is a hard pill to swallow. Holm will probably face Miesha Tate, who has been lobbying for a shot at the title. Rousey stated she was going to take time off after this fight, and she’s going to need it in order to try to climb her way back to the top.
Leading up to this fight I thought Valerie was going to be just another sacrificial lamb to the kick boxing machine that is Joanna. The first round belonged to Valerie, and no one was expecting it. The fight was far more competitive but still a clear victory for the defending champion. Joanna recalibrated and started landing her combinations. It was a technical striking fest and offered a lot more competition than I and many other professionals believed.
When you have two big heavyweights with KO power, never expect the fight to last too long. Mark Hunt came in aggressive with some kicks then pushed Silva to the fence. All it took was one punch that glanced off of Silva’s temple, and that’s all she wrote.
Robert Whittaker comes in aggressive and never takes his foot off the pedal. A lot of action, a lot of exchanges in this fight. Uriah Hall wasn’t able to establish his usual rhythm and range because Whittaker came out of the gate pouring on the pressure. Man this was a lot of fun. Hall threw some insane kicks, Whittaker landed some heavy punches. This battle of unorthodox strikers was a marvel to watch, in the few instances that they ended up in the clinch, it was still action packed. Uriah Hall should be put up against someone like CB Dollaway. Whittaker is only 24 years-old so it makes his accent even more amazing. HE should continue to build up the difficulty of competition before facing the murders row at the tip top of the division, reschedule the Bisping fight, or set up a Thales Leites fight. Gegard Mousasi could also prove to be an exciting match up.
If you need anesthesia watch this fight. It was two rounds of Rosholt taking Struve down then laying on him. The third round saw a tired Struve try to mount an attack but Rosholt finished his grind to a unanimous decision victory.
Latest posts by Michael Gomez (see all)
- Mayweather vs. McGregor is Good for Boxing - June 16, 2017
- The Carolina Panthers need to draft Fournette - April 25, 2017
- UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2 MFST Staff Predictions - April 8, 2017