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UFC 193 fight card primer: Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm

Bloody Elbow presents a preview of UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm in our fight card primer series. Here we look at the main event: Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm for the UFC Women's Bantamweight title.

In the main event at UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm, UFC Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (12-0 MMA; 6-0 UFC) defends her title against challenger Holly Holm (9-0 MMA; 2-0 UFC). This five round title fight caps off the five fight UFC 193 PPV main card. The UFC rankings have Holm as the #7 contender in the division with Rousey at #4 on the Pound for Pound list. UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm airs live from Melbourne, Australia this Saturday, November 14. The main card airs on PPV with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT, with the prelims starting at  8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and 6:15 p.m. ET on Fight Pass. NOTE: Because this card is in Australia, it technically is happening on Sunday November 15 for local fans - but for fans watching on PPV in the US, it airs live at the normal Saturday night time.

Ronda Rousey is clearly must-watch TV at this point, and here, she has an interesting fight in front of her. Holm may only be ranked at #7 in the division, but she's a more compelling challenger than most of the women ranked above her. That's partly because Rousey has already defeated most of them, and partly because Holm brings in incredible professional boxing experience. She's a different test for Rousey, and it will be interesting to see how the champion deals with that test.

How do these two stack up?

Rousey: 28 years old | 5'7" | 66" reach
Holm: 34 years old | 5'8" | 69" reach

What have these two done recently?

Rousey: W - Bethe Correia (KO) | W - Cat Zingano (Sub) | W - Alexis Davis (KO)
Holm: W - Marion Reneau (UD) | W - Raquel Pennington (SD) | W - Juliana Werner (TKO)

How did these two get here?

What is there to be said about Ronda Rousey at this point? The 2008 Olympic Judo medalist has been dominating her division like no one else in the sport right now, and she shows no signs of slowing down. She's improved her stand-up game considerably in recent years to the point that "Rousey by armbar, round 1" is no longer a foregone conclusion. She's never really been tested. She's also become insanely popular - easily the sport's biggest star in years. For this fight, Rousey has said that she expects more of a drawn out battle and not her typical sprint; so far, in 12 fights, only 1 has escaped the first round - Rousey thinks Holm might be #2.

Holly Holm may bring in just a 9-0 MMA record with 4 years pro MMA experience, but those aren't the stats that make her an interesting challenger. Instead, look at her 33-2-3 pro boxing record - a record that brought her numerous world titles and considerable acclaim as one of the sport's best women boxers. In 2013, she officially walked away from boxing to focus on MMA, training in Albuquerque with the Jackson/Winkeljohn team. As you would expect, she's more of a striker, but has developed her overall MMA game, and in particular utilizes kicks much more than you might think a boxing champion would. Holm has looked good in her MMA career so far, but is yet to face any MMA fighter remotely in Rousey's league.

Why should you care?

It's Ronda Rousey, and you should watch Ronda Rousey. Add in an interesting stylistic opponent, and that's all the more reason.