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Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm Announced for UFC 195: Date, Location and Preview

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2015

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On the heels of her dominant victory over Bethe Correia, it was announced Friday that UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey's next challenger will be Holly Holm at UFC 195.  

According to SportsCenter, Rowdy made the official announcement during an appearance on Good Morning America. UFC President Dana White confirmed it and set the bout for Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Rousey discussed the decision on Good Morning America:

Rousey also tweeted out an early look at the poster for what promises to be a highly anticipated clash:

Ronda Rousey @RondaRousey

#UFC195 #Jan2nd #andSTILL #RouseyVsHolm http://t.co/94aI0h4gcc

Upon revealing her latest opponent, Rousey was complimentary of Holm and what she brings to the table as a former world champion boxer, per Good Morning America (via Chuck Mindenhall of MMAFighting.com):

January 2 I'll be fighting Holly Holm, who's the most decorated striker we have in all of mixed martial arts. Not the women's division, not the bantamweight division. [Holm]'s a 19-time boxing champion. Holly Holm was The Ring magazine pound-for-pound Fighter of the Year, and definitely my biggest challenge to date.

Dana White added some perspective for those who were surprised that Rousey will not be facing Miesha Tate instead, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times:

“We were talking about Miesha from the start, then as we started sitting around we were saying, ‘Everyone has seen the Miesha fight already.'

“A third fight in a rivalry usually comes after the stuff we’d see in [Arturo] Gatti-[Micky] Ward. With Miesha, the result has been the same twice. Everyone’s already seen that fight.”

“Theres two sides to the coin … I’m not sure losing another fight to Ronda so soon would be good for Miesha,” White said. “She’s not going anywhere. I think she’ll be fine.”

Holm's agent, Lenny Fresquez, wasted little time in hyping up his fighter, per TMZ.com:

"We don't PLAN on taking Ronda's belt, we ARE taking her belt. I would like nothing else in the world than for [Ronda] to strike with Holly -- Holly is the best striker in the world."

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"Holly isn't Bethe Correia," Lenny says ... "She's never seen a fighter like Holly. People don't realize how much bigger and stronger Holly is than Ronda. She cleaned out the boxing division at 130, 137 and 154."

The 28-year-old Rousey is a perfect 12-0 in her career with only one fight lasting beyond the first round. She is the most dominant force in mixed martial arts and is coming off a 34-second victory.

Holm is also undefeated at 9-0, but the 33-year-old New Mexico native doesn't have a body of work that rivals Rousey's in the world of MMA.

She is a former Legacy FC women's bantamweight champion, however, and she boasts a 2-0 record since making the leap to UFC.

Six of Holm's nine victories have come by way of knockout, and she poses somewhat of a threat to Rousey after going 33-2-3 as a boxer, but nobody has truly pushed the champ to this point.

ESPN's Todd Grisham isn't holding out much hope for a competitive fight:

Todd Grisham @GrishamMMA

Holly Holm is no where near ready for Ronda Rousey. Another blow out.

Unless Holm is able to catch Rousey with some punches right off the bat, she figures to be in big trouble. Her lack of experience in terms of a ground game leaves her susceptible to Rowdy's dominant armbar.

Most UFC fans are anxiously awaiting Rousey's stepping into the Octagon with Cris Cyborg, and while the Holm fight will delay it even further, it should build the anticipation and add another win to Rowdy's record as well.

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