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Ronda Rousey knocked out by Holly Holm


Ronda Rousey‘s reign as UFC champion ended with a fist repeatedly smashing her cover-girl face, her nose and mouth bloodied, as she lay helpless on a mat before a referee saved her from further punishment.

Rousey was shockingly knocked out by challenger Holly Holm, who dominated for a second-round victory at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday.

“I’m trying to take it in, but it’s crazy,” were Holm’s first words in her post-fight interview, adding later, “Everything that we worked on presented itself in the fight. Every kind of grab that she tried to get.”

Rousey fell to 12-1 as a professional MMA fighter and lost her UFC bantamweight title at Etihad Stadium.

Two men put their hands on the biceps of the 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist and helped her sit up near the middle of the Octagon seconds after the bout ended after 5 minutes, 59 seconds total. One, wearing gloves, cleaned Rousey’s blood off her face and chest.

Once Rousey stood to her feet, she looked motionless, save heavy breathing, staring down as the referee held both fighters’ arms and, upon the announcer’s call, lifted Holm’s right hand to declare her the winner.

Holm dropped Rousey to the mat in the second round with a left kick to her neck and seized the opportunity with multiple punches to Rousey’s face before the referee mercifully stopped the fight.

In the first round, Rousey also suffered multiple punches to her face, her nose clearly bloodied. Holm also took Rousey down to the mat late in the five-minute round.

Rousey’s previous three fights ended in 34 seconds, 14 seconds and 16 seconds, respectively.

Holm, 34 and a former kickboxer and World champion boxer, ran toward the Octagon with a 9-0 record dating to 2011. She was UFC’s seventh-ranked challenger to Rousey in the bantamweight division.

Rousey, 28, said before the fight that she “would like to wait until UFC 200” in July in Las Vegas to next fight, according to Rolling Stone, and film movies during that break.

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Coronavirus forces Olympic soccer and boxing qualifiers to move

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Olympic qualifying events in two sports were moved from the Chinese city of Wuhan on Wednesday because of an outbreak of a deadly viral illness.

A four-nation Asian qualifying group for the women’s soccer tournament was switched from the city at the center of the health scare to Nanjing.

The Asia-Oceania boxing qualifying tournament scheduled for Feb. 3-14 in Wuhan was cancelled. No new plans were announced.

The decisions followed Chinese health authorities telling people in Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings.

The Asian Football Confederation said the round-robin group — featuring host China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand — will be played on Feb. 3-9, retaining the same dates, in Nanjing.

More than 500 people have been infected and at least 17 killed since the outbreak emerged last month. The illness comes from a newly identified type of coronavirus.

Cases have also been reported in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. All involve people from Wuhan or who recently traveled there.

In the soccer qualifiers in China, two teams advance to a four-nation playoff round in March. That will decide which two teams from Asia join host Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Russia trounces U.S. boys’ hockey team to wrap up Youth Olympic Games

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Russia routed the U.S. 4-0 in the boys’ hockey gold medal game Wednesday, the final day of the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The U.S. had more penalties (three) than shots (two) in the first period. Russia’s Matvei Michkov converted the first power play and added an even-strength goal later in the period. Another power-play goal in the second period ran the score to 3-0.

Michkov just turned 15 and is projected as a top pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The gold medal was Russia’s ninth of the Games, excluding events that featured mixed-nationality teams, and 27th overall medal. Both numbers were the best of the competition.

Switzerland finished second in the medal tally with nine golds and 22 total. Japan, the surprise winner in girls’ hockey, matched Switzerland with nine golds among its 17 medals.

The U.S. had two gold medals and 11 total. Kiernan Fagan took gold in the boys’ ski slopestyle and silver in ski big air. Dusty Henricksen won the boys’ snowboard slopestyle.

Fagan, who turned 18 during the Games, already has a couple of World Cup podiums and finished 12th in slopestyle in last year’s world championships. He also took silver in big air and slopestyle in last year’s world junior championships.

Henricksen, who’ll turn 17 next month, placed 17th in the World Cup big air event last month in Atlanta.

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