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Joe Rogan: Holly Holm's KO win over Ronda Rousey was 'great for MMA'

The UFC commentator feels sorry for Ronda Rousey, but believes her loss is good for the sport of MMA.

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A dominant champion always has that special aura. He or she appears to be untouchable, somehow inhuman, but sometimes it's also kind of boring. Whenever a fighter seemingly can't be beat by any of his/her opponents, when (s)he starts to play even with his/her most credible challengers, his/her particular division gets predictable, and predictability is a no-go in a sport that thrives off its unpredictability.

The only thing that can add new excitement to such a division, is a contender who finally manages to dethrone its long-time ruler in a shocking upset. An underdog like Chris Weidman, T.J. Dillashaw, or new women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan obviously feels the same way, and in his JRE podcast, he believes that Rousey's surprising loss to Holm at UFC 193 was in fact a good thing for the sport of MMA.

"As a person, I'm sad for [Rousey's] loss, that this happened to her," Rogan said. "But Holly Holm is a great person, too. They're two great competitors. And I think ultimately what happened last night, yesterday is great for martial arts. It's great for MMA. Even though it was terrible for Ronda and I feel terrible for her, I feel great for Holly Holm. It's very conflicted." (Transcription via

Whether it was good for the sport or not, Rousey's loss obviously didn't hurt the UFC as an organization. An immediate rematch is already in talks and will likely be one of the most coveted fights in UFC history.

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