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Referee Herb Dean doesn't think Rousey was in optimal shape at UFC 193

“I think I might have seen her in better physical shape. That’s something I noticed," Herb Dean said of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.

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Holly Holm's knockout of Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 sent shockwaves throughout the MMA community. "The Preacher's Daughter" finished Rousey with a head-kick and ground and pound in the 2nd round. It marked the first blemish on "Rowdy's" record and many have questioned the former Olympian's future in the sport.

Many accredit Holm's win to her flawless gameplan and execution - the former boxing world champion used superior footwork to evade Rousey's attacks and counter with precise 1-2 combinations. Even when Ronda did find success with a takedown, Holm remained composed and sprang back to her feet.

Although Holm delivered a championship-defining performance, fans have struggled to come to terms with Rousey's loss. It has been suggested that the former champion came into the fight out of shape, as Rousey appeared to be notably exhausted by the end of the 1st round.

Veteran referee Herb Dean, who officiated the main event, believes there may be some truth to the claim. Herb spoke to Fox Sports about the fight earlier today.

"I think I might have seen her in better physical shape. That's something I noticed. The people are looking for answers but it's not always on one side. I have to give Ronda a lot of credit — even though the things she was doing weren't working well — she kept at it."

Rousey, who was defending her bantamweight title for the 7th time, charged forwards at Holm throughout the fight but was continuously countered with a barrage of strikes.

Ronda was seen covering her face from reporters on Tuesday but has vowed to return after taking some time off from the sport.

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