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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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Anderson Silva abandons Rio 2016 Olympic hopes, report says

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Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will not attempt to make Brazil’s 2016 Olympic taekwondo team, his manager said, according to Brazilian MMA website Portal do Vale Tudo.

Silva’s manager did not respond to email and phone messages seeking confirmation Wednesday.

In April, Silva, a 40-year-old who reportedly started taekwondo at age 14 and is a fifth-degree black belt, wrote a letter to Brazil’s taekwondo federation’s president expressing his desire for Rio 2016.

Silva failed two drug tests in January and hasn’t fought in UFC since.

Brazil does not have a strong taekwondo tradition. There are no Brazilians ranked in the top 10 by the World Taekwondo Federation in the weight classes that match Silva’s UFC division.

Watch Ronda Rousey’s profile on ‘Real Sports’

Watch Ronda Rousey’s segment on ‘Real Sports’

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Ronda Rousey, the Olympic bronze medalist judoka and UFC champion, said she preferred the title of world’s best pound-for-pound fighter over potentially being called sexiest woman alive in an HBO “Real Sports” profile this week.

Rousey rose to stardom well after she became the first U.S. Olympic women’s judo medalist at Beijing 2008 in her second Games. Her Olympic experiences were mentioned in the “Real Sports” profile, but Rousey’s fame came after she quit judo and took up mixed martial arts in 2010 (more on Rousey’s controversial leave from judo here).

Rousey is 11-0 in pro MMA fights, her most recent bout ending in 14 seconds on Feb. 28. Rousey was dubbed “the world’s most dominant athlete” on the cover of last week’s Sports Illustrated, a testament to not only her unblemished record but also her intimidating attitude, one she wears on her face before fights in the octagon.

“We’re not baking cakes,” she told “Real Sports.”

In the profile, Rousey reflected on her father’s suicide when she was 8 and when she lived in her car after taking Olympic bronze, before she became UFC’s most recognizable fighter, a movie star and magazine model.

Perhaps the most poignant part, though, came at a recent signing for her recently released book. A girl told Rousey that the fighter’s story of overcoming an eating disorder inspired her to beat bulimia. Rousey cried.

“That was one of those battles I felt like I was going through alone,” Rousey said on “Real Sports.” “If one girl … that threw up her dinner last night because she felt guilty for being full, reads that [book] and stops, the whole thing is worth it.”

Ronda Rousey recalls World Judo Championships adversity, post-Olympic binging in new book