Ronda Rousey is the most dominant force in any individual sport, dominating mixed martial arts as the UFC women’s bantamweight champion. Rousey is a heavy favorite to defeat Holly Holm in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday night, and the champ is looking to make quick work of the challenger.
During Friday’s weigh-in, Rousey and Holm had to be separated, as a scuffle nearly broke out between the two fighters. Rousey made it clear that she wants to punish Holm, whom she thinks doesn’t respect her.
“She put her fist on my face. I didn't touch her, she touched me. I told her that fake, sweet act... I can see right through it,” Rousey told Joe Rogan.
“All that respect, all that you being sweet, I see that it's fake and you're going to get it.”
Before her Aug. 1 fight with Bethe Correia, Rousey made it known that she wasn’t a fan of her opponent. She needed just 34 seconds to improve her professional MMA record to 12-0, continuing to win every fight via knockout or submission.
Only Miesha Tate has made it out of the first round against Rousey, and Holm isn’t expected to last long in the octagon with the world’s most dangerous woman. Bovada.lv lists Rousey’s betting odds to win at -2000, and Holm is a +900 underdog. Rousey has been given -310 odds to win by submission, and the odds of the fight lasting less than one full round are -210.
Even though the odds are against her, Holm maintains that she can win the fight.
“I'm here, and I am here to shock the world,” Holm told Rogan. “I know I have my hands full with Ronda. I have all the respect for her in the world. She's run through everyone, but I'm a different fighter.”
The pay-per-view begins at 10 p.m. ET, but the main event of Rousey vs. Holm won’t begin until much later, likely starting close to midnight. It costs $69.99 to order the PPV in HD.
Prediction: Rousey via first-round submission.