Why did Ronda Rousey Lose to Holly Holm? She’s NOT Mike Tyson

“Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.”

-Mike Tyson

Holly Holm’s 18 years of boxing experience to Ronda Rousey’s 3.  In hindsight, it’s pretty damn obvious, but the hype of the media as well the one’s that aren’t watching too closely don’t notice.

What heck happened?

I read an article on yahoo sports a comment by Peter S summarized it pretty well:

“..Ronda needed to focus on how to eat a few punches to get to a take down.  Once she was punched in the face several times by Holm who is an “actual boxer” she got stupid and started to flail around. “

He continues with another important comment

“…I was also surprised to see that Ronda was gassed (out of breath).”

She had a plan, got punched in the mouth (a few times) and well, now, you’re reading this article.

Did Ronda Take Shortcuts in Her Training?


Was her celebrity gig of being famous distracting her from training?  We all know how generous she was with her time to the media with promoting her brand.

Did she take short cuts in her training?

Or was it that she was overconfident and went into the octagon with too much cockiness and bravado?

Holly Holm was the underdog, due to being new to the MMA scene, hwever, everyone knows how much everyone loves an underdog.

There’s always a part of society that wants to see the King fall (or Queen in this case).  A lot of people are using the “Mike Tyson v. Buster Douglas” analogy.

In lots of ways, Rousey was the proverbial “Rock” and Holm was the “Paper.”  It’s simply a bad match up for Rousey.

Holm is bigger, taller and has a great reach advantage.

But most of all, she’s confident and can actually fight.  A true professional; Calm, collected, cool but very fierce.

Vegas Bet too much Money on Rousey

I’m not much of a sports nut, but I’m very much an analytical gaming business geek. News and media can skew things, but if there’s one place that doesn’t skew, it’s Vegas.

I was having a discussion with a client on Friday and we started talking about it.  I googled the odds and the gambling betting odds were as follows:

Ronda Rousey (-2000)
Holly Holm (+1250)

I don’t gamble and wasn’t sure what it meant, but I txt’d my brother he said that for every dollar you bet on Holm you would’ve won $12.50.

ronda rousey holly holm odds

Holy crap!

An almost 13 times return if you bet on the underdog.

That’s a hell of a spread.

It’s usually a losing bet, but it was tempting.

What’s worse is that if you bet $1 on Rousey you would’ve won $0.20 cents.  So yeah, market sentiment was grossly on the side of Rousey.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20.

How This Applies To Your Life

Fat Loss Strength Analogy to Apply to Your life is the Mike Tyson quote I started from the beginning.

“Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.”

Until you actually experience a situation, you’re really not sure how you’ll react.  It’s almost always obvious what you should do, but when you’re hungry and craving sweets will you take the disciplined route and stick to your diet?  When you’re tired, not-in-the-mood or “too busy,” will you skip the workout?

Or maybe when you’re in mid-set lifting heavy reps, will you hesitate or stop early?

Or my best friend, Thomas, who unexpectedly decided to run the Disney Half Marathon Today. Great Avengers Medal by the way.

disney avengers half marthon thomas

He’s never done a marathon before (and never had plans to do one)  .. he collapsed at mile 9 because of severe leg cramps. Will you get up and keep running? (he finished it!)

Building strength and losing fat is really just mental strength.  The mental muscle of willpower – it’s something you train and keep training.

If you don’t train it gets weak.

If you complain it gets weak.

When you make excuses it gets weak.

When you skip a workout, it gets weak.

When your mind gets weak, your body gets weak.

Build strength in your mind, it’s a daily task that must be done if you ever want to deal with punches of life that derail your fat loss and strength goals.

As always, thanks for reading.


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