A UFC-record 56,214 fans filled Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, to witness MMA history.
Holly Holm, a massive underdog to the seemingly invincible Ronda Rousey, dominated the UFC women’s bantamweight champ and knocked out Rousey with a sizzling left high kick and follow-up punches to cap off a wild UFC 193.
Aside from shaking the MMA world to its very foundation, “The Preacher’s Daughter” collected an additional $100,000 for her sensational knockout victory that will talked about for months and years to come.
Holm utilized her superior boxing from the start and continuously popped “Rowdy” in the mug with slick lead lefts. Rousey seemed out of sorts and as the opening round wore away, the area around Ronda’s nose was reddened, and she was bleeding from the mouth and she was gasping for air.
Finally, Holm torched a stumbling Rousey with a head kick and punches, scoring the TKO just 59 ticks into the second round. Not only did Holm pocket a cool $50,000 for one of the two “Performance of the Night” bonuses, she also gathered up an addition bonus for the “Fight of the Night.”
Rousey shared her conqueror’s loot with a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus as well.
Kyle Noke made a statement on the preliminary card when he forced his foot deep into Peter Sobotta’s body, ending the fight at the 2:01 mark of the first. When the 35-year-old Noke crashed his hoof into his foe’s midsection, Sobotta cried out in agony and crumbled in a heap. Noke, sensing a quick finish, pounced on him and finished the deed, granting him a “Performance of the Night” cash bag full of $50,000 for his scintillating knockout.