According to UFC legend Randy Couture, former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey was served a hearty plate of “humble pie” courtesy of current UFC Women’s 135-pound champion Holly Holm at UFC 193 last month.
“I was surprised,” Couture told Submission Radio about the Rousey-Holm outcome. “I thought Holly would be the first one to really hit Ronda and I thought she would give Ronda problems with her footwork. She demonstrated amazing footwork. I knew she wasn’t going to be half crazy and run right at Ronda like some of these other girls have tried and run right into her wheelhouse. I was surprised when Ronda did get her hands on her and got her on the ground that Holly dealt with it so well and was able to shed Ronda off and get her back where she needed her in that striking realm.
“I thought by the third or fourth round Ronda would have figured out the footwork and gotten her hands on her and found a way to submit her. Holly had an amazing performance and has demonstrated a ton of class with how she’s dealt with Ronda and the media and all the shock of winning that event. I think, you know, there are occasions where we all kind of need some humble pie and that’s probably where Ronda is sitting right now.”
Despite the one-sided fashion in which Rousey was defeated by Holm in Melbourne in November, “The Natural” feels “Rowdy” Ronda has what it takes to win the rumored rematch.
“Yes, I think she can make the adjustments she needs to make,” said Couture. “It’s purely a function of focus and gameplan. I think after knocking her last opponent out she was maybe a little over confident with her striking and didn’t give Holly the credit she deserved as a world-class boxer and kick boxer. She went out and tried to strike with [Holm] and paid the price with an elusive southpaw with a great jab that just kept tagging her.
“I think those are things that can be fixed. Change her approach to closing the distance and getting your hands on Holly. Make Holly operate where [Rousey] is strongest. How many judo medalists do we have in this sport? Time and time again that’s where she’s won her fights.”
Couture compared Rousey’s gameplan for the Holm fight to his own scrap with world-class boxer James Toney, if Couture had tried to stand with “Lights Out” during their 2010 fight inside the Octagon.
“It looked to me like she thought she was going to go out and strike with a world-class boxer and that’s always a bad idea,” said Couture. “It would have been a bad idea for me to do it with James Toney, it was a bad idea for her to do it with Holly Holm.”