The world is still in shock about the kick heard around the world.
Holly Holm did what no other woman has: defeated Ronda Rousey in MMA. With a new champ crowned, the best laid plans of the UFC is now in chaos and the former champ is at a crossroads.
Now the world changed overnight, here is some observations in terms of the fallout.
Although it was sad to see MMA’s “Superwoman” fall for the first time in her career, it may be good for her in the long run; which sells her matches even better.
It has always been quoted “You learn more from a loss than a win.” After all the blame is thrown around about who is responsible, it will be up to Rousey to prove she can brush herself off, make corrections, and return stronger. We hope she becomes more humble in the loss as well, which seems to be her biggest criticism.
Besides, everyone loves a comeback story.
Many are speculating that Rousey may have lost some of her star power due to not being undefeated. While there will be some blows to her career, in the long run it may help her. There is a point when an undefeated champ gets boring with so many quick finishes (see Mike Tyson).
For now, Rousey is still signed to do a few movies in Hollywood, and maybe taking some time off until UFC 200. We don’t expect her to leave MMA altogether like Gina Carano did.
The new champ has more than proven she is the best striker in MMA.
Holm has suddenly become an overnight sensation and the media will be swarming all week to get an interview; both MMA and major ones. The soft spoken Holm will get a lot of time to brush up on her interview skills and has set herself as the new face of the sport. Holm’s humbleness will be refreshing, but may not be what the UFC wants from a champ. In a sport built on conflict, hard to see “The Preacher’s Daughter” get riled up against future opponents, which means it will be tougher to sell her. A lot will deal with her opponents selling the fight as well.
The new champ always has a target on her back. With several fighters already throwing their hat into the cage, the first defense of the title is always the toughest test for a champion.
The person who got passed up for the title shot, Miesha Tate, is in a better position then she was weeks ago.
Tate was refused to fight Rousey for a third time with Holm taking the spot, prompting Tate to consider retiring and taking an analyst position at Fox. Now there is a new person atop the division, the possibility of a title shot has drastically improved. Currently ranked #2 in the division according to the Unified rankings and the number 1 contender according to the UFC (this will change to #2 come Monday), she has a great argument to be the next person to face Holm.
If Tate were to win, the trilogy match would make better sense for Rousey.
The meeting between her and UFC President Dana White should be interesting.
The Rousey loss doesn’t diminish the possible superfight between her and Cyborg, but it does make it more intriguing.
If Cyborg can maintain her dominance at a lower weight, people will see the fight closer than it would have been. The possibility for it being a title fight is out of the equation, but no one thinks it would last 5 rounds anyways.
Saturday night after her win, Holm was being thrown around on twitter as someone who should face Cyborg when she does drop. We still have two matches to go (140 then 135) before Cyborg can even consider it.
The Bantamweight Division as a Whole
Rousey had beaten everyone in the top 10 except Juliana Pena, Amanda Nunes, and Holm. The new person atop the hill gives fresh challengers and new matches to sell. Upcoming matches in the bantamweight division will be key in getting fighters in prime position for a title shot against Holm.