While the Olympian has went on to trail-blaze past each and every obstacle she has come across so far boasting an unbeaten record with all but one of her victories coming in the very first round, one loss could completely derail her. That's been the quite obvious case for quite a while now.
Breaking an attendance record is part of the "Rousey Revolution". Fans know it, promoters now it and perhaps the fighters know it - UFC 193 will be all about Ronda Rousey. Holly Holm could just be a footnote.
Unless of course, she does something to change that. There's a reason everyone tunes in to watch people like Rousey. Either because what she does is so incredible and for the possibility, no matter how slight, that comes with each fight. There's a chance she could lose. In this case it may just be the biggest upset in combat history.
We were all expectant that Holly Holm would challenge Rousey eventually, but there was a reason why most were surprised when she was announced as the next opponent—most thought it would be Miesha Tate, not someone who has had only two fights in the promotion, and the first of which was a very close split-decision.
When getting prepared and clued up for a fight, fans often gravitate towards content generated by the UFC itself. There's no problem with that, but of course the purpose of that content is to get people to purchase the pay-per-view, and the best way to get the buys is to make out like the fight will be more competitive than expected.
Whether Rousey is being modest or business-like in suggesting that the fight with Holm will last much longer than previous fights remains a question, as debatable as Holm's chance in the title fight itself.
Named Female Boxer of the Year by Ring Magazine on two occasions, Holly Holm's striking acumen is the very strongest part of the game. Perhaps for "Rowdy", that may be the weakest of hers.
Finishing Davis, McMann and Correia with strikes along with her catalogue of submission finishes, there's no doubting that Rousey can hold her own wherever the fight goes. Or since she's so dominant, wherever she takes the fight.
Holly Holm may not have captivated the masses with her performances, but what she does may make this a much longer fight. Bethe Correia came racing out of the blocks and Ronda stood right in there, trading with her before a first-round knockout. She met Davis in the centre and finished McMann in similar fashion. With Holm, however, an established striker will remain cautious and not rush into things—because if she does, her title chances could be over extremely quickly.
But that stands on a very lone possibility. If being patient and keeping Rousey on the outside was enough to beat her, she may not have even got into the UFC. She's champion, so can Holm offer more than that.
While the challenger will certainly prepare for the fight should it go to the ground, Rousey is an established judoka and Holm has hardly any strong points in that area, so it could be armbar and over. If the fight goes to the mat, Holm will most likely want to get up, but she could get tangled up and put in a world of trouble.
From a betting standpoint, Holm is a massive underdog, in fact that's the case from every standpoint. There's more than a few reasons for that. Not only is Holm incomplete in terms of becoming a well-rounded fighter, but the ways in which Rousey can win make this a real uphill battle for Holm. Rousey could even dominate the striking.
UFC 193 will most likely be another stage of a superstar's evolution. Holm will come, but most likely leave too, without the belt. It appears that "Rowdy" just has too much to win with, and Holm can provide little for her to lose.