Two world title fights with a pair of athletes who like nothing more than putting on a show and earning the finish.
That’s what we’ll get this Saturday night at UFC 193, as female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and strawweight titleholder Joanna Jedrzejczyk are in action.
Set for Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, the promotion put all the cards on the table for their debut in Melbourne. The event is expected to draw record-breaking numbers, and it’s easy to see why when you have Rousey and Jedrzejczyk in the marquee.
Rousey (12-0) has been nothing short of dominant since becoming the first-ever UFC female champion, defeating the likes of Miesha Tate, Cat Zingano, Sara McMann, Alexis Davis and Bethe Correia. Her last four successful title defenses have come in a total – TOTAL – of 130 seconds.
She knocked out Correia in Brazil in 34 seconds, submitted Zingano in just 14 and finished Davis in 16. McMann pushed her to 66 seconds, as she took the “0” off Correia, Zingano and McMann in those bouts.
Will we get all of that again? Holly Holm doesn’t think so.
The former multi-division boxing world champion has won all nine of her pro MMA bouts, including two decisions inside the Octagon.
But this isn’t Marion Reneau or Raquel Pennington that Holm is going up against. This is the great Ronda Rousey.
If Holm is going to stun the world, she’ll need to show more of the offensive game that was on display prior to her arrival in the UFC. Competing around the U.S., she earned six finishes among her seven fights.
As for that co-main event and the other can’t-miss-bout, Jedrzejczyk will defend her title against Valerie Letourneau in a meeting that is very similar to Rousey-Holm.
Jedrzejczyk (10-0) has ran through Jessica Penne and Carla Esparza after being pushed to the distance by Claudia Gadelha. Her TKO vs. Esparza won her the title of top 115-pound fighter in the world, and her equally impressive performance vs. Penne solidified that.
Letourneau (8-3) leapfrogged Gadelha and others on the heels of a four-fight win streak – three of which were decisions. In August, she topped Maryna Moroz and has also bested Jessica Rakoczy and Elizabeth Phillips inside the Octagon.
As for the remainder of the lineup, there is plenty to be on the lookout for. Mark Hunt-Antonio Silva II is sure to deliver, while Uriah Hall is coming off a career-defining win over Gegard Mousasi and meets Robert Whittaker.
FightLine will be providing complete coverage of all the action Saturday night, including live play-by-play, results and post-fight news and information.