Dana White Reveals That Ronda Rousey’s Shocking Loss To Holly Holm Is His Best Promoted Fight
During his run as a president of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White has promoted a bunch of fights. Out of all, there is one fight that stands out above the others.
Dana White feels that Ronda Rousey’s shocking loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 back in 2015, is one of his promoted fights. (Via MMAJunkie)
“When we put together fights, my job, because everyone is going to have an opinion right away saying, ‘This guy is going to win!’ My job is to get you to question who you think is going to win this fight,” White said in a recent interview with Tony Robbins. “So I need to gather all the information I can get on both guys and then I need to sell you on why this fight isn’t going to go the way you think it’s going to go.”
Heading into this fight, Holly Holm opened as a massive underdog, and not many people gave her a chance to beat Ronda Rousey, who was riding a 12-fight unbeaten streak with many thought she’s untouchable. Here White said, his promotional tactics made other people convinced that underdogs could also win.
And Holm did it, by landing a devastating head-kick to knockout Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 back in November 2015, that caused a stir in the world of sports. That was the first career defeat of Rousey and the UFC’s biggest draw.
“I would say my best one is Holly Holm versus Ronda Rousey,” White said. “I did a really good job with that one. When that fight came out the odds were incredibly huge that Ronda was going to win that fight. Nobody gave Holly a chance. I said, ‘Ronda’s never fought anybody like this. Holly striking, her head kicks, her this, her that.’ Even Joe Rogan said, ‘There’s no way Holly Holm wins this fight.’ Not only did we sell the fight, but Holly Holm won the fight.”
Despite the shocking loss, Rousey opened up for an immediate rematch, but her outside the Octagon activities delayed her UFC return. But in an unfortunate scenario, Holm went for her first title defense and dropped it to Miesha Tate back in 2016 that put a dent in a Rousey’s rematch. Rousey made a return to Octagon by the end of 2016 and shockingly ended with defeat by the hands of Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
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