“I’m trying to take it in, but it’s crazy,” were Holm’s first words in her post-fight interview, adding later, “Everything that we worked on presented itself in the fight. Every kind of grab that she tried to get.”
Rousey fell to 12-1 as a professional MMA fighter and lost her UFC bantamweight title at Etihad Stadium.
Two men put their hands on the biceps of the 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist and helped her sit up near the middle of the Octagon seconds after the bout ended after 5 minutes, 59 seconds total.
One, wearing gloves, cleaned Rousey’s blood off her face and chest.
Once Rousey stood to her feet, she looked motionless, save heavy breathing, staring down as the referee held both fighters’ arms and, upon the announcer’s call, lifted Holm’s right hand to declare her the winner.
The UFC champion ended with a fist repeatedly smashing her cover-girl face, her nose and mouth bloodied, as she lay helpless on a mat.
Holm dropperound with a left kick to her neck and seized the opportunity with multiple punches to Rousey’s face before the referee mercifully stopped the fight.d Rousey to the mat in the second.