Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm
It’s difficult for me to give a shit about this fight. It should be Rousey vs. Miesha Tate III. I know, I know, Rousey pretty much detached Tate’s arm in their first fight and then judo tossed her around five billion times in the second fight, but in between those judo tosses in the second fight Tate tagged Ronda with plenty of shots, and let’s not forget that Tate is the only opponent to ever take Rousey out of the first round (they went for three).
Holly Holm has looked like utter dogshit in her two fights in the UFC. Let’s forget about the fact that she’s a former world class boxer, because her opponents were never up to snuff anyhow, and let’s focus on her body of work in MMA. She has no ground game, and while she is expert-like in her boxing, it hasn’t looked so crisp in the UFC, and it’s not like she’s faced opponents of a high caliber, either.
Regardless, I think Ronda is going to toss her to the mat within the first three minutes of the fight and take an arm for yet another submission win. I know that’s the consensus, but I can’t help but say it. I doubt Rousey is psychotic enough to even think about standing up and striking, toe to toe, with Holm. That would be suicide, given Rousey’s pedestrian striking abilities. Prediction: RR by first round armbar.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau
JJ (I’m calling her that, because spelling her name each time is too laboring for no pay) is my favorite women’s fighter in MMA. I reckon she’s a way better champion than Ronda in terms of personality, fighting skill, likability, trash talking, etc. I genuinely love watching Joanna’s methodical Muay Thai beatdowns, and this will be a showcase fight that could possibly help her become a much bigger star after getting that Rousey-push (being on the same card as RR). Prediction: JJ by third round TKO.