Ronda Rousey: Holly Holm, Highlights, Gambling, Video Games, Memes, and More

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Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm at UFC 193. There are about a million different things floating the Internet this morning and while it would probably be best for pageviews to write them up individually, I’m not doing that. So here is a roundup of the many Ronda Rousey-centric stories making the rounds today.

Ronda Rousey will likely be given an immediate rematch. This is no surprise. What will be a surprise is the way that Rousey reacts to this loss publicly. The Ronda Rousey hype train has been chugging along at a high speed for more than year now. The former champion has been omnipresent, showing up everywhere from movies to television to sex column bylines.

Rousey has not spoken to the press since her first career loss. Instead of going to the postfight press conference, Rousey was taken straight to the hospital. This isn’t unheard of, but the fact that she also didn’t speak to Joe Rogan inside the octagon after the fight is… curious.

Rogan and the UFC routinely speak with fighters who were just knocked out or seriously injured. Rousey not speaking to anyone immediately after the fight – in the moments when she might speak truthfully and emotionally, is the latest example of Rousey trying to control her message.

Gambling: Sports books got “crushed” as Rousey was a huge favorite and bets on Holm outnumbered those on Rousey, 5-to-1. One guy won $240,000.

Ronda Rousey was announced as the cover athlete on the upcoming UFC video game sequel. There is a second fighter who will join her. I wouldn’t count on it being the woman who knocked her out.

A bar in Holly Holm’s hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico went understandably insane after Holm knocked out Rousey. The guy in the cowboy hat is #2 ranked lightweight Donald Cerrone.

And here’s the local newspaper.

Here’s Rousey on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last month. Watch as Rousey explains exactly what Holm will want to do. Holm did that exactly. Here’s one thing people have done with that clip.

Who did this fam, am I right?

J.J. Watt posted this picture on Saturday. Watt was not the only NFL player watching last night.

Finally, here are some highlights from the fight. Notice that even FOX, the UFC’s official broadcast partner, with UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on the call, was not allowed to show the finish to this fight.