The main event for UFC 193 showcased Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey vs. Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm, on November 15. No one gave Holly a chance since she was a huge underdog. Ronda, arguably the biggest star in the UFC, has been dominant in MMA with a record of 12-0 (6-0 in the UFC). She's won most of her matches in the first minute of the first round - usually by an armbar submission. In August she knocked out the Brazilian, Bethe Correia, in 34 seconds. In February she set the record for shortest match in UFC championship history, beating undefeated Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds! Ronda was not only going to beat Holly, but anybody the UFC could put up against her. She made it quite plain... when she retired in several years, she was going to be undefeated!
Ronda was going to come out in the second round and finish her! But it never happened. Holly knocked her out within the first minute of the second round. Wow! The crowd was shocked! What?! No way! The pay-per-view TV audience was shocked as well. Even watchers who wanted Ronda to lose were shocked. The looks on Ronda's face and those of her team were of disbelief. This was a bad dream, a nightmare, that's all. But it was real. Not only had Holly won, she had dominated the fight! The unthinkable had happened, right before everyone's eyes.
These three UFC champions who thought they would stay on top and not be defeated... lost. Many empires, dynasties and kingdoms have come and gone throughout our 6,000-year history, thinking that they would last too. Many empires, like the Qing, Mongol, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Roman, etc. (too many to list), appeared as if they would never end, but they did. They either collapsed from within or without. Germany seemed to be taking over the world not too long ago but was left devastated in only 12 years. The great British Empire has been reduced to mediocrity. What about the mighty United States? We are the dominating force in the world today and referred to as the world police. We stand proud, even invincible, but it seems inevitable that we are headed for collapse... from within or without. I hope I am wrong, but I don't think so. The Bible says, "All nations before Him are as nothing" and "God is Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another." And also, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled." We as a nation have been on the exalted side; now it seems a humbling is near. Like with the previous UFC champs... pride goes before the fall!