Ronda Rousey’s next title defense has been pushed up. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Holly Holm will have a little less time than expected to prepare for Ronda Rousey.
UFC President Dana White announced Friday night on SportsCenter that the women’s bantamweight title bout will now take place at UFC 193 instead of UFC 195. The fight was moved because welterweight champion Robbie Lawler had to withdraw from the event’s original headliner against Carlos Condit due to a thumb injury.
“We’ll break the all-time attendance record for an MMA event,” White wrote on Twitter.
UFC 193 takes place on Nov. 14 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and is also expected to include a heavyweight rematch between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva. Last week, Rousey announced on “Good Morning America” that she would be defending her belt against Holm at UFC 195 in Las Vegas on Jan. 2. For now, that card does not have a main event.
Rousey is 12-0 as a professional, including six victories in the Octagon. She last appeared at UFC 190, where she dispatched Bethe Correia via first-round knockout. Holm, meanwhile, is 9-0 overall and owns UFC triumphs over Marion Reneau and Raquel Pennington.