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The Octagon set up shop in Melbourne, Australia Saturday night for the first time, as UFC 193 made history.

Holly Holm, who found success competing in three divisions as a boxer, knocked out Ronda Rousey to become the second-ever UFC female bantamweight champion in front of 60,000-plus fans.

Holm didn’t do it with a fluke strike or shocking submission. Instead, she picked Rousey apart before landing a head-kick that left “Rowdy” almost out. Two more uncontested blows and the former Olympic bronze medalist was looking up at the sky and her unbeaten run.

In the second title fight, Joanna Jedrzejczyk was able to turn back the game effort of challenger Valerie Letourneau and remain strawweight champion. She earned her second title defense and set up a rematch with Claudia Gadelha for 2016.

The rematch belonged to Mark Hunt, as “The Super Samoan” finished Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in under four minutes. The first time they fought, the two heavyweights went the full 25 minutes in a draw.

New Zealand’s Robert Whittaker moved closer to the top of the middleweight division, claiming a decision over Uriah Hall. Coming off a win over Gegard Mousasi, Hall replaced Michael Bisping in the fight. However, competing for the third time in under 100 days, he couldn’t figure out the former Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner.

Heavyweights Jared Rosholt and Stefan Struve kicked off the pay-per-view main card, with Rosholt scoring the decision thanks to his wrestling. The former Oklahoma State University wrestler earned a decision.

Jake Matthews was almost finished in the first round vs. Akbarh Arreola, but the youngster battled back and left the Mexican with a bruised up face. The doctor stopped the bout after the second round, giving “The Celtic Kid” the victory.

Kyle Noke listened to his coach, Mike Winkeljohn, and unleashed a nasty kick to the body of Peter Sobotta, stopping the German and earning a first round finish. Noke scored his second win of the year.

After suffering a knockout loss earlier this year, Gian Villante returned the favor at the expense of Australia’s Anthony Perosh, flooring the Aussie in the first round. Villante improved to 3-1 over his last four with a finish.

Behind stronger wrestling and effective striking, Danny Martinez opened the FOX Sports 1 prelims with a decision win over Richie Vaculik. He earned the victory on all three scorecards.

Daniel Kelly and Steve Montgomery battled for 15 minutes, with Kelly – the Australian judo star – pulling out the decision. Richard Walsh and Steve Kennedy were the first fight to go to the distance, as Walsh picked up a clean sweep victory on all three scorecards.

James Moontasri’s first fight at welterweight went as planned, as the fighter scored a first round finish of Anton Zafir. Moontasri landed with both a spinning back-kick and back-fist to put the UFC newcomer away.

Fighting in his adopted home of Australia, Ben Nguyen locked up the fourth-fastest flyweight division finish with a submission win over Ryan Benoit to begin the night.

Holm and Rousey were awarded “Fight of the Night,” while Holm and Noke claimed “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four were worth $50,000 each.

Complete results can be found below, while full play-by-play coverage can be found on FightLine:

Holly Holm def. Ronda Rousey via KO (head-kick, strikes) at :59 of Round 2 to become the new UFC female bantamweight champion

Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Valerie Letourneau via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to remain UFC strawweight champion

Mark Hunt def. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva via TKO (strikes) at 3:41 of Round 1

Robert Whittaker def. Uriah Hall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Jared Rosholt def. Stefan Struve via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jake Matthews def. Akbarh Arreola via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 2

Kyle Noke def. Peter Sobotta via TKO (strikes) at 2:01 of Round 1

Gian Villante def. Anthony Perosh via KO (right-hand) at 2:56 of Round 1

Danny Martinez def. Richie Vaculik via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Daniel Kelly def. Steve Montgomery via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Richard Walsh def. Steve Kennedy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

James Moontasri def. Anton Zafir via TKO (strikes) at 4:36 of Round 1

Ben Nguyen def. Ryan Benoit via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1

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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 193.

Tonight’s card comes to us for the first time ever from Melbourne, Australia and Etihad Stadium, as Ronda Rousey returns to action.

Rousey puts her female bantamweight title on the line against fellow unbeaten, Holly Holm. The former world boxing champion is just another in a long line of challengers to Rousey’s reign atop the women’s 135-pound division.

In the co-main event the other UFC female title is up for grabs, as champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk seeks a second successful title defense against Valerie Letourneau.

The pay-per-view main card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET with heavyweights Stefan Struve and Jared Rosholt. Middleweights Uriah Hall – who just finished Gegard Mousasi – battles Robert Whittaker, while Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva rematch from their epic five-round battle a few years ago in Australia.

Four bouts are set for the FOX Sports 1 prelims at 8 p.m. ET, highlighted by a lightweight showdown featuring Jake Matthews and Akbarh Arreola. Kyle Noke meets Peter Sobotta at welterweight, light heavyweights Gian Villante and Anthony Perosh square off, and Richie Vaculik faces Danny Martinez.

Ryan Benoit-Ben Nguyen begin the card on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m., with Daniel Kelly-Ricardo Abreu and Brendan O’Reilly-James Moontasri joining that fight.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen

We begin the night in the flyweight division with a battle between Ryan Benoit (8-3) and Ben Nguyen (14-5).

Round 1: Nguyen lands with a right, follows up with a knee and Benoit drops to the canvas. Nguyen is teeing off and gains the full-mount with plenty of time to work. He briefly takes the back before regaining the mount position. Again to the back, as Nguyen really hurt Benoit with his striking. Benoit’s flattened out and Nguyen has his hooks in, slipping an arm around the neck for a crank at this point. He’s working to slip it around the neck, but he’s unable to for the moment. He remains composed and has the choke locked up this time, earning a submission victory.

Ben Nguyen def. Ryan Benoit via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:35 of Round 1

James Moontasri vs. Anton Zafir

We head up to the welterweight ranks for our next fight, as James Moontasri (8-3) battles newcomer Anton Zafir (7-1).

Round 1: Moontasri showing off his taekwondo background, snapping off quick and powerful kicks to start. He is a two-time USA national champion in taekwondo. Zafir stepped in for Brendan O’Reilly, a training partner, going from spectator to fighter in a matter of moments. Zafir bullies him against the fence, looking to take this to the ground, which he does with a takedown. Minimal damage being done by Zafir, as Moontasri works to his feet. Moontasri landed with a spinning back-fist and Zafir dropped to the mat. He landed several other shots and this one is all over. Zafir is holding his side, saying he’s suffered a broken rib.

James Moontasri def. Anton Zafir via TKO (strikes) at 4:36 of Round 1

Steve Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh

Back to the welterweight ranks with Australian’s Steve Kennedy (22-7) and Richard Walsh (8-3) squaring off.

Round 1: Walsh tagging him early with leg kicks, allowing them to land with complete force. Kennedy appears to be looking for a huge counter shot, but he’s just taking punishment to his lead leg. He is hurt, almost stumbling against the fence. Walsh looking to put the nail in the coffin here. He’s got him against the fence yet again, hammering away with lefts and rights before breaking. Kennedy has no power ability after eating all of those leg kicks. Nice takedown for Kennedy, but Walsh works to his feet and gets dragged right back down. Kennedy has his hooks in and is working for a choke with seconds left. Walsh spins and now has Kennedy on top, hammering him with elbows.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Walsh

Round 2: Walsh right back to work on the lead leg. Kennedy tries for a takedown, but is denied. Walsh has a chance to go into his guard, but declines and makes him stand. Kennedy, though, almost secures a reverse triangle from his back. Walsh is giving Kennedy an opportunity to snap a submission on, getting in close. Kennedy locks up a takedown as we go under two minutes, but Walsh is able to get to full-guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Walsh

Round 3: Walsh throwing a lot at Kennedy, who is searching for a takedown off each exchange. Walsh goes to the canvas with him, but he has him placed solidly against the fence. He shifts to the back and is delivering knees to the body. With Kennedy on his back, taking kicks, the crowd is giving them several rounds of boos. The ref stands them up and they exchange high kicks.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Walsh

Richard Walsh def. Steve Kennedy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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Thanks to the ace-staff at the UFC, check out the media notes for Saturday night’s UFC 193 card below.

Included are items related to Ronda Rousey, Joanna Jedrzecjzyk and others.

FightLine will be bringing you complete and live coverage of all the action from Melbourne, Australia.

ROUSEY’S RISE

UFC 193 marks yet another significant feather in the cap of women’s bantamweight champion and No.4-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Ronda Rousey. Rousey continues to break new ground in her mixed martial arts career. In 2015 alone she has won ESPY awards for Best Fighter and Best Female Athlete, defeated Serena Williams in an ESPN W poll for best female athlete ever and cracked Fortune’s ‘40 Under 40’ list of the most influential young people in business. Rousey isn’t done yet. Her next step will be to headline a UFC pay-per-view event in historic Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. However, this landmark achievement will also be met with her toughest test to date in Holly Holm. Considered among the greatest female boxers to ever lace up a pair of gloves, Holm’s striking credentials are unmatched in the division. Holm isn’t just a straight boxer, though. The Albuquerque, New Mexico native has gone on an unbeaten tear since transitioning to mixed martial arts, and features some of the most dangerous kicks in the sport. Though Rousey’s elite judo skills have lead her to nine pro submission victories, her striking game has evolved by leaps and bounds during her UFC tenure. However, has she improved enough to hang with The Ring Magazine’s 2005 and 2006 Female Fighter of the Year? With the eyes of the world locked on Melbourne, the stakes have never been higher for Rousey.

WOMEN WARRIORS

UFC 193 represents a giant step forward for women’s mixed martial arts. It was only a few short years ago that there were no women’s divisions in UFC. Now, for the first time in MMA history, two women’s championship bouts will headline a UFC pay-per-view event. On top of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s clash with No.7-ranked contender and former boxing champion Holly Holm, UFC women’s strawweight champion and No.14-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Joanna Jedrzejczyk will battle No.9-ranked challenger Valerie Letourneau. A multiple time Muay Thai champion, with over 60 wins in “the art of eight limbs,” Jedrzejczyk left the sport behind due to a lack of competition. Her technical striking immediately catapulted her to the top of the UFC’s strawweight division. Jedrzejczyk’s talent was on full display during her first title defence, a third-round TKO of Jessica Penne in June. However, if there’s anyone in the 115-pound division who isn’t fazed by Jedrzejczyk’s stand-up game, it’s Letourneau. The Canadian women’s MMA pioneer first began kickboxing at age 15, and has locked horns with top-ranked UFC women’s bantamweights Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis. In her most recent outing, she utilized her sharp striking to pick apart highly touted contender Maryna Moroz. With Rousey’s stardom leading the charge, the ladies are poised to steal the show in the sporting capital of Australia.

EPIC RE-MATCH

At UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot on December 7, 2013, Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva waged war in arguably the greatest heavyweight fight in UFC history. When the dust settled, the five-round classic was declared a majority draw. The battle of attrition resonated with fans for truly capturing the intangibles of mixed martial arts—heart, toughness and determination. Now, Hunt and Silva will pick up where they left off and enter the Octagon for round six. The 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Hunt is among the best kickboxers to transition to MMA. Known for his spectacular ‘walk off’ knockouts, the 41-year-old will look to use his raw power to cement his place among the heavyweight elite. Though he’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Silva has never been afraid to slug it out. He has knocked out established power strikers such as Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne and Fedor Emelianenko. Under the bright lights of Etihad Stadium, Hunt and Silva will put their friendship aside and engage in yet another brawl for the ages. Only this time, neither fighter intends to let it go to the judges.

SURGING KO ARTISTS

At UFC 193, highly touted Australian prospect and No.14-ranked middleweight Robert Whittaker will face his first top-ranked opponent when he battles vicious striker Uriah Hall. Winner of The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, the 24-year-old standout has put the 185-pound (84 kilograms) division on notice with consecutive knockout victories since debuting in the weight class late last year. Both performances netted him fight night bonuses, with his TKO over Clint Hester in November 2014 capturing Fight of the Night honours, and his stunning destruction of Brad Tavares in May earning him Performance of the Night. No stranger to spectacular finishes, No.10-ranked Uriah Hall is known for his legendary spinning hook kick knockout against Adam Cella on The Ultimate Fighter 17. The Jamaican-born fighter recently cracked the Top 15 with a show-stealing knockout win against former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi in September. With both fighters looking to stake their claims in the ultra competitive middleweight division, Melbourne fans can expect fireworks between two of MMA’s most exciting strikers.

AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE, OI! OI! OI!

UFC 193 will feature 11 fighters with ties to Australia and New Zealand, as the UFC debuts in the province of Victoria. Mark Hunt, Robert Whittaker, Jake Matthews, Kyle Noke, Anthony Perosh, Daniel Kelly, Steven Kennedy, Richard Walsh, Anton Zafir, Richie Vaculik and Ben Nguyen will put on a show in front of a rabid crowd of their fellow countrymen. The Aussie locals will compete on the biggest stage in mixed martial arts alongside athletes from seven other countries—United States, Canada, Brazil, Poland, Mexico, Netherlands and Germany. After more than five years spent growing the sport of mixed martial arts in Australia, UFC is proud to bring a truly global event to Melbourne.

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Featherweights Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens will open things up this December at UFC 194, as officials announced the fight card.

Set for December 12 from Las Vegas, both the featherweight and middleweight titles will be on the line.

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo headline to unify the featherweight belts, while Chris Weidman defends his middleweight title vs. Luke Rockhold.

Along with those three fights, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero and Demian Maia faces Gunnar Nelson.

Urijah Faber-Frankie Saenz and Michelle Waterson-Tecia Torres highlight the FOX Sports 1 prelims, while former Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee returns on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

Below is the complete lineup:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Conor McGregor (ic)

UFC Middleweight Championship
Chris Weidman (c) vs. Luke Rockhold

Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero

Welterweight: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson

Featherweight: Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/9 p.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz

Strawweight: Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

Welterweight: Colby Covington vs. Warlley Alves

Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Kevin Lee

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Joe Proctor vs. Magomed Mustafaev

Lightweight: John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros

Welterweight: Court McGee vs. Marcio Alexandre, Jr.

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Edmond Tarverdyan will forever be linked to that of Ronda Rousey.

Tarverdyan is the striking coach for the UFC female bantamweight champion, who returns to the Octagon this Saturday night at UFC 193 against Holly Holm.

While some recent headlines have been negative towards the coach, he is constantly reminded that it might never get better than it is right now.

“She’s really intelligent about having her career and acting after she retires. But me, after I retire with her, it’s going to be difficult. Why? Because at this age young – I’m only 33 – having a champion like her and then finding another girl that could really – or anybody that could fight at that level – it might be a bit different,” he said, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “But I could never compare two fighters together. As long as I’m a trainer and I could bring the best out of the fighter, they’re abilities, and as much as they could perform. If they work hard in the gym and they give it their best and they listen and they’re great students and they’re great human beings, and I work with them and they come to a certain point and they win a world title; I should be happy with that and I should be satisfied.

“And I could always share the great moments of what I’ve done with Ronda, and they should be happy to hear it and learn from it, instead of being jealous about it and not being happy that Edmond always talks so highly about Ronda. It’s because it’s a unique situation and Ronda’s a unique individual. And Ronda, again, there will never be another Ronda Rousey.”

While it’s not always been peaches and cream between the two, Tarverdyan admits they have come to learn from one another.

“We’re from two different cultures and we’ve had misunderstandings in certain ways, and we’ve learnt from each other. And I accepted that, hey, I wasn’t raised that way and she wasn’t raised like the way I am, so we have to understand each other,” he said. “As long as we appreciate each other and we speak to each other and we come to a conclusion, that this is the way it is, this will make both of us better, and we moved on. And there has been a lot of learning in our careers as we’ve been next to each other, other than just fighting.”

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