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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.
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.
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.