Why Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm

Holly Holm of the United States punches Ronda Rousey of the United States in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

Holly Holm of the United States punches Ronda Rousey of the United States in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Ronda Rousey was the heavy favorite entering her Bantamweight Championship defense against Holly Holm. But Holm shocked the fighting world, knocking out Rousey in the second round of their match in Melbourne over the weekend to become the new champ.

On SiriusXM Rush, Danny Acosta shared his thoughts on the huge upset – Rousey’s first career loss.

“The moment Ronda Rousey came out, I knew she was going to lose,” Acosta said. “It’s because as soon as she came out, she stood back. She stood back and that was automatically playing into Holly Holm’s game. From there, every time that Ronda Rousey had an opportunity to make Holly player her game, guess what? Holly was two steps ahead of her.”

Steve Cofield also gave his explanation for the upset.

“This happens to a lot of the greats,” Cofield said. “When you’re not getting challenged and you win every fight in 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 60, 90 seconds, you can lose your edge.”

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