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Before Her Headkick KO of Ronda Rousey, Irish Fan Made Holly Holm “Blush” Live on Stage, Resurfaced Video Draws Reactions Ahead of UFC on ESPN 43

Published 03/22/2023, 4:11 AM EDT

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The world’s biggest MMA promotion has given fans a solid reason to look forward to UFC on ESPN 43. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion is the reason for this. Veteran Holly Holm is scheduled to lock horns with Yana Santos. Something that makes the bout interesting is that both fighters have the same record. Holm and Santos have a record of 14 victories and six losses. 

Holm last fought Ketlen Vieira at UFC Fight Night 206. The two fighters squared off for the main event where Vieira emerged the victor, via a split decision after round five. Holm following her impressive victory over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, was at the peak of her career and fame. Followed by the victory, a fan sang for the 41-year-old while she was in a Q&A session.

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One of the most memorable incidents of UFC 194 fight week was when the UFC 194 weigh-in crowd surprised Holm with a serenade. During the session, an Irishman took over the mic. Instead of asking a question, he began to sing Frankie Valli‘s classic, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Soon after he began to sing, the crowd joined. This is indeed one of the most adorable moments in Holm’s life. She was so moved by the gesture that she could not utter a word. Years after, MMA reporter Megan Olivi shared the video of the precious moment on Instagram, along with which she wrote, “I post this every Saint Patrick’s Day because it was probably the coolest moment we’ve ever had during a Q&A, all thanks to this mostly Irish crowd.”


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The fans expressed their reactions in the comments section of the post. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate, commented, This is too good.

One of the fans got quite nostalgic about the old UFC days, as they wrote, When Holly just dethroned Ronda and we were on the brink of Conor’s first title fight against one of the greatest of all time. What a time in MMA”

 Holm was able to win the bantamweight title by beating Rowdy, and one of the fans pointed it out by commenting, Bruce Buffer voice: AND NEW!!!!!”

 One of the fans complimented the Irish guy who began singing. “That dude is such a boss!!” they commented.

In the same vein, another user commented, This is why Connor took off. The Irish people are too good for this sport.”


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 Another fan loved the session as they commented, “That’s still the best Q&A ever!”

 Lastly, one fan pointed out how Holm would feel watching the video. I’m sure this still makes @hollyholm blush,” they commented.

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The most remarkable victory of Holly Holm’s career was against Ronda Rousey at UFC 193. The bout paved the way for ‘Rowdy’s’ first-ever loss in her MMA career. The fight was held on November 14th, 2015. Rousey lost the fight via KO (head kick and punches) just 0:59 seconds into the second round. Rowdy’s loss is considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of the UFC.

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Priyanka is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. She has been an ardent fan of the UFC since 2018. She is passionate when it comes to writing about the sport and this is evident in her articles.

Edited By: Shibu Immanuel