UFC: Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm to headline UFC 193 in Melbourne

On Friday, UFC President Dana White announced on ESPN SportsCenter that women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm will now headline UFC 193 on November 15 — the UFC’s debut in Melbourne, Australia.

The main reason for the change was that welterweight champion Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit had to be postponed due to a non-serious injury to the champion. No makeup date has been announced yet.

The other reason: the event is at Etihad Stadium, a 50,000 seat venue that they wanted to come close to filling up.

Rousey vs. Holm was originally set for UFC 195 on January 2nd in Las Vegas. Rousey (12-0) will be looking for the eighth straight defense of her UFC/Strikeforce belt, while Holm (9-0) will be looking for her third UFC victory and first major MMA title.

Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will remain on the January 2nd show, which still needs a main event. Double J is expected to face Valerie Letourneau as Claudia Gadelha won’t be ready in time to compete due to injury. White had wanted to move Double J up to November as well, but that is too soon for Letourneau.

 

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