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“I’ll Make a Mistake”, Rare Video Shows Ronda Rousey, Who Was Undefeated Then, Predicting Her UFC Downfall

Published 09/11/2022, 1:00 PM EDT

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Ronda Rousey made a name for herself in the UFC as the Bantamweight Champion. Nicknamed, ‘The Baddest Woman on the Planet’, Rousey held a 12-0 record inside the octagon before suffering her first defeat. Ironically, she predicted what would be her downfall during an interview on ‘The Tonight Show’, a month before losing to Holly Holm.

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Rousey entered the bout against Holm as a strong favorite. Everybody expected her to not only win the match but to do it rather quickly. In the end, the fight ended abruptly, but it was Holm who was victorious.


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Ronda Rousey knew about Holm’s Tactics

Like every other fighter, Ronda Rousey had scouted her opponent well and knew the danger Holm posed. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon in 2015, just before her big title defense, the UFC Hall of Famer predicted how the match could possibly go.

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Rousey said, “She’s the type of fighter you have to be very very patient with. I feel like she’s going to try and keep distance and keep far away from me and get me frustrated to a point where I’ll make a mistake and she can try and kick me in the head.”


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She added, “But it’s not going to go like that. Not the way that she wants.”

It turns out she was right about Holm. Towards the end of the match, Holly Holm kicked Rousey in the side of the head and knocked her down before finishing the match. The defeat at UFC 193 was Rousey’s first professional combat loss since her exit in the Beijing Olympics.

‘The Rowdy One’ did return to the octagon a year later in 2016 to face the then Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes. However, fans were stunned when Nunes knocked out Rousey inside a minute.

Following this, Rousey quit UFC and would make her WWE debut in 2018.

Rousey will look to recapture the SmackDown Women’s Championship

Ronda Rousey has found great success in WWE ever since her debut. She is a former RAW and SmackDown Women’s Champion and recently won the Women’s Royal Rumble match as well.


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The former UFC Champion has also headlined WrestleMania with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, becoming one of the first women in WWE to do so.

She lost her SmackDown Women’s championship to Liv Morgan at Money in the Bank this year and could not win the subsequent rematch. But she is back in contention for the title after winning a Fatal-Five-Way match on SmackDown this past week.


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Rousey will now face Liv Morgan for the championship at the WWE Extreme Rules event next month. And will now look to regain her spot at the top on the blue brand.

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Written by:

Sherjeel Malik


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Sherjeel Malik is a WWE writer at Essentially Sports. He has been a passionate Wrestling fan since childhood and his all-time favorites include 'The Hardy Boyz' and Randy Orton. Sherjeel also follows soccer religiously and is a Liverpool fan.
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Pritam Priyedarshi