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Roach: To Beat Holm, Rousey Needs To Learn Boxing

By Edward Chaykosvky

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is convinced that MMA superstar Ronda Rousey will require some extensive boxing lessons to recapture her UFC championship from Holly Holm.

Holm dominated and knocked out Rousey in two rounds last Saturday night in Melbourne at UFC 193. Holm kept the fight off the ground and used her boxing skills and movement to control the fight.

Before she made the full-time switch to MMA in 2013, Holm was a two-division world champion in boxing and has a background in kickboxing as well. She finished her boxing career with a 33-2 record with 9 knockouts.

The UFC is moving in the direction of doing an immediate rematch in the first half of 2016.

"To fight [Holm] again and beat her again, she would need to learn how to box," Roach said. "She would have to do more than wrestle and have a ground game."

"I'm the type of person that says that losing the fight sometimes makes you better. Those things happen in life. You do lose fights but what really counts is what you do after a loss. Do you lay down and die or do you come back hungry and stronger? Does she really want to learn how to box?"

"The thing is, Holly was always a boxer, but she had learned a little bit of MMA because that was a pretty good kick. And I'm sure [her kickboxing background] helped her a lot."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Wizardsh on 11-21-2015

[QUOTE=Thickback;16250307]Holly and Pennington are the only 2 women in Rhonda's division with good hands. Everyone else pretty much is a tune up for her. People forget that Rhonda also usually has a size advantage in her fights but doesn't against…

Comment by Thickback on 11-21-2015

[QUOTE=Wizardsh;16249545]Floyd is an idiot he doesn't understand and many people don't get is that thier is no such thing as tune ups in ufc or mma,white won't allow it so if you are top ten you are fighting top ten.…

Comment by SplitSecond on 11-21-2015

A little boxing could help her pin Holm down for the take down, because only way she wins is on the ground.

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 11-21-2015

[QUOTE=fredhopple;16249809]Rousey was not in shape or condition to fight Holm and it was apparent as Rousey looked entering the octagon. Fat flabby and over confident. But keepin mind Rousey is a fake media creation who has never faced one credible…

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 11-21-2015

Roach is so wrong here..probably trying to pick up a check.. Ronda needs to sell out for take downs against Holly... Trying to learn how to box against probably the best female boxer lb for lb is silly... Holly do…

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