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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ronda Rousey eerily predicted how Holly Holm would beat her

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey eerily predicted how Holly Holm would approach their fight nearly six weeks ago during an interview with Jimmy Fallon, even going so far as to predict a big kick to the head.

Appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Oct. 7 to promote her fight with Holm, Rousey explained in detail how she felt Holm would approach her.

“This is going to be a much longer fight because she’s a 19-time world boxing champion with 100 percent takedown defense and head kick knockouts,” Rousey said of Holm. “She’s undefeated and an amazing athlete and the biggest threat definitely to me on paper and stylistically. She’s the type of fighter you have to be very, very patient with. I feel like she’s going to keep distance and keep far away from me and get me frustrated to the point where I make a mistake and she can kick me in the head.”

Isn’t it crazy looking back at the interview after seeing what happened? Rousey was spot on. Holm kept her distance and Rousey kept walking into punches with little regard for protecting herself. She got Rousey frustrated. And Rousey let down her guard and was knocked out by a kick to the head (watch the kick that did it). It went down exactly how Rousey described.

What’s odd is this is what Rousey typically does. In order to sell her fights, she does media interviews where she talks up her opponents and their strong suits. She tries to make the fight sound competitive so people will buy it, yet she prepares well and still goes out and beats the opponent she spent all this time praising.

Given how acutely aware of Holm’s strengths Rousey was, you have to wonder why she allowed the fight to go exactly the way Holm preferred. The rematch will likely be a different story

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