Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 11/14/15
Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey
UFC: Saturday, November 14, 2015 (Etihad Stadium)
The Line: Holly Holm +1250 / Ronda Rousey -2000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm fight Saturday night for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Ronda Rousey enters this fight with a 12-0 record and has won 75 percent of her fights by submission. This is Rousey’s third fight this year and is coming off a August win over Bethe Correia. Rousey is averaging 4.35 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 63.1 percent. Rousey is averaging eight takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 72.2 percent. Rousey really needs no introduction, as all but one of her fights have ended in the first round and her last three fights have lasted 34 or less seconds. Rousey is as balanced a fighter as you’ll find at the female level and has shown no weakness up to this point. Rousey also says she’s going to take some serious time off after this fight. This will be Rousey’s third time fighting outside of the United States.
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Holly Holm enters this fight with a 9-0 record and has won 67 percent of her fights by knockout. This will be Holm’s third fight this year and is coming off a July win over Marion Reneau. Holm is averaging 3.63 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 28 percent. Holm is averaging 0.5 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 100 percent. Holm is in great shape for a 34-year-old and is built for long matches as all of her MMA fights have gone at least two rounds. Holm’s comes from a boxing background and wants a physical fight standing up to where she can land nasty strikes. The concern is that Holm will be out of her comfort zone once this bout goes to the canvas. This will be Holm’s first MMA fight outside of the United States.
It’s going to be very, very difficult to find a woman who can even think about giving Rousey a run for her money. Rousey is just too balanced, too physical and hasn’t shown a single weakness that an opponent can expose. Don’t think it needs to be said as far as who wins this fight.
However, instead of taking Rousey to win, I’m siding with this fight ending in the first round. It’s far less juice.