On Saturday, Ronda Rousey puts her unbeaten record on the line as a headliner of UFC 193. She stakes her fame on the absolute dominance of her opponents so far. She’s also quotable outside the ring, known for winning ESPYs, taking movie roles, and trash talking Floyd Mayweather.
Few athletes in any sports these days is more intriguing than the UFC Women’s Bantamweight champ. Due to a number of quick and decisive victories, Rousey has gained a mystique which is seldom seen in the fight game. For once, the fact that an MMA fighter or a boxer is a woman is not the first thing mentioned about her.
With her own reputation established, the question is now whether the rest of the female MMA fighters can raise their game. Can someone challenge Ronda Rousey, let alone defeat her? Holly Holm, a boxing specialist, is the next challenger.
UFC 193: Date, Time, Stats, Undercard, DFS
Holly Holm, who comes into the MMA match with a 9-0 record. Prior to her MMA career, Holm amassed a 33-2-3 record in a long boxing career.
With her championship pedigree in boxing, it can be argued Holly Holm is the biggest challenge Rousey has faced.
Citing her opponent’s 19 wins in title bouts, Ronda Rousey said in a recent interview Holly Holm was a “big threat”. So the question is: is that pre-fight talk or does Holly Holm have a serious chance to win her upcoming fight with the UFC Bantamweight Champion.
Rousey vs Holm: When Is UFC 193?
In this article, I want to discuss both fighters. I’ll offer a quick profile of Ronda Rousey. Then I’ll profile Holly Holm. Next, I’ll discuss the bout and the opportunities each fighter has to gain an advantage. Then I’ll discuss the remainder of the card in brief.
UFC 193 takes place on November 15, 2015. The fight card takes place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Let’s give a preview of the two fighters in the main event. Since this is my first post about MMA, I want to give a very basic introduction to the two fighters, as if readers have never read about the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its fighters before. Those who want a more detailed preview of the feature fight of the evening should read the profiles I wrote of each of these extraordinary women: the Ronda Rousey Profile and the Holly Holm Profile.
For everyone else, let’s take a look at the basics of UFC 193.
- Fight Date: Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015
- Location: Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia
- Women’s Division: Bantamweight
- Rounds: 5-Minute Rounds. There are a scheduled five 5-minute rounds, though Rousey fights don’t last long.
- PPV Time: Approximately 11:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The pay-per-view broadcast begins at 10 p.m. ET.
- PPV Prices: $59.99 for HD and $49.99 for SD.
- TV Channel: None, because it is on pay-per-view. The undercard airs on UFC’s FightPass and FOX Sports 1.
- Las Vegas Odds: Rousey -1600. Rowdy Ronda is a huge favorite. To win $100 on Rousey, you must bet $1600.
- Daily Fantasy MMA: DraftKings Guillotine Fantasy MMA Leagues. On the other hand, FanDuel does not have MMA contests.
- DraftKings Salary Cap Price: Ronda Rousey is $11,400. Holly Holm is $8,000.
When I get to the undercard, I’ll touch upon the other fighters you’ll want to know, if you decide to enter a DFS contest involving UFC 193.
In the article below, I’ll provide analysis of the respective chances of each fighters in the featured battle. Then I’ll discuss the undercard, include Las Vegas odds, daily fantasy salary cap figures, and stats for each of the MMA fighters on the card.
For now, let’s discuss the fighters in the main draw.
UFC 193: Revolution Video
By the way, the promotional video for the fight is highly-touted. UFC fans are calling it the highest production value ever for any commercial or promotional material for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It tells the emotional story of the fighters from an early age, which is a far cry from the swagger and masculinity of most UFC promotional ads.
Of course, the real intrigue in this fight is whether the opponent has even a small chance to win it. Like Mike Tyson in the fights before the Buster Douglas fight, people are starting to think of Ronda Rousey as an unbeatable champion. Anyone who knows anything about competitive fighting knows that any fighter can be beaten. But if the champ takes care of business, then it usually takes an extraordinary effort (or extraordinary talent) from the challenger to upset the belt holder.
So the question is: can Holly Holm provide a real challenge for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion? Let’s explore that question below.
Why Ronda Rousey Should Win
If Ronda Rousey can get the match to the mat, she should win this fight with ease. That’s what she’s done, time and again, is wrestle her opponent to the mat and submit them.
In recent fights, Rousey has shown the willingness and even desire to stand toe-to-toe and trade punches.
She appears to be working on that part of her repertoire and has discussed her pride in having done so in recent fights. One might guess she’s been preparing for this kind of challenge.
With an ex-boxing champ in front of her, the idea of standing and swinging is likely to go out the window. It plays to her opponent’s strength to do so. In fact, it’s hard to imagine she could stand upright and duke it out with a world champion boxer. Rousey’s going to want to shoot the gap and take her opponent to the floor. If she does, then it’s “fight over”.
That would seem to be the classic contrast of styles: the judo specialist versus the puncher. If they stand up, Holm wins. If they wrestle, Rousey wins. The intrigue is going to be that contrast, to see whether the Preacher’s Daughter can avoid the takedown.
How Holly Holm Can Win
Holly Holm fought 19 world title bouts as a boxing champion. She has experience doing this. She’s excellent in the stand-up fight game. If she can keep the fight upright, she can pull off a huge upset. Holly Holm could be the next star of the UFC.
Holm also fought for a time as a kick boxer. While she was nowhere near as accomplished in that style of fighting, it was her first career and she should retain much of the natural skill which comes with one’s first set of mastered skills.
What that means is Holly Holm should have kicks at her disposal in trying to keep Ronda Rousey at bay. It’s another weapon in her arsenal, and she should have the advantage in that area.
None of that is going to matter if Rousey can get her opponent down to the mat consistently. In fact, she only really needs to do it once to impose her will. Rousey is that dangerous in the grappling game. With that in mind, it is hard to see how a superior boxer can keep a superior grappler off of them for the length of an MMA fight.
The operative word is “superior”. Does Holly Holm have the boxing and kick boxing skills to keep her opponent at arm’s length? Can she do enough damage to the champion when Rousey tries to close that it keeps her away? That is a tall order.
Perhaps the better question is whether Holly Holm has the power to knock out her opponent as she lunges in to apply a grapple? If not, can Holm stun her or wobble her enough to impair her grappling ability? The best chance she has might be to strike the Bantamweight Champion with blows hard enough to put the cobwebs in her head, even if it doesn’t produce a knockout outright.
Barring that, I see this becoming a fight Rousey dominates from the mat. She should have the strength to take a shot or two to get in and grapple. Anne Sophie Mathis once overwhelmed Holly Holm in a boxing ring; perhaps Rousey overwhelms her opponent in the octagon.
Rousey-Holm Weigh in Scuffle
No championship fight would be complete without a weigh-in scuffle. Here is a clip of today’s weigh-in and the very minor scuffle and trash talk which took place there. It was pretty mild (and maybe a little forced), but still noteworthy.
Maybe it was mostly noteworthy for the fan service, but I promised full coverage of the pre-fight and post-fight. Of all the recent Rousey fights, this one has the most intrigue for me, because of Holm’s boxing background. Should be fun.
Now, on to the rest of the undercard.
UFC 193 Undercard: Fighters, Records, TV Listings
This is the PPV undercard those who buy the fight will see. It includes a second Women’s championship match, though in a different weight class than the main fight. That is, this is a title fight in its own right and not a set-up fight.
Three male fights also are on the docket. When DraftKings releases its contests on this undercard, I’ll focus heavily on these fighters and provide analysis. For the MMA competitors on the main pay-per-view broadcast, I’ll offer full profiles.
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0, 4-0 UFC) vs. Valerie Letourneau (8-3, 3-0 UFC) – Women’s Strawweight Championship Fight
- Antonio Silva (19-7-1, 3-3-1 UFC) vs. Mark Hunt (10-10-1, 5-4-1 UFC) – Heavyweight Fight
- Robert Whittaker (14-4, 5-2 UFC) vs. Uriah Hall (12-5, 5-3 UFC) – Middleweight Match
- Stefan Struve (26-7, 10-5 UFC) vs. Jared Rosholt (13-2, 5-1 UFC) – Heavyweight Bout
Fight Pass Early Undercard
Fight Pass is a paid subscription service which allows hardcore MMA fans to watch the earlier matches during events. FightPass costs $9.99 for a one-month subscription, $8.99 per month for 6 months with a 6-month commitment, and $7.99 a month for 12 months with a 12-month commitment. Those who sign up get a 30-day free trial.
- Steve Montgomery (8-3, 0-1 UFC) vs. Daniel Kelly (9-1, 2-1 UFC) – Middlweight
- Rich Walsh (8-3, 1-2 UFC) vs. Steve Kennedy (22-7, 0-1 UFC) – Welterweight Bout
- James Moontasri (8-3, 1-2 UFC) vs. Brendan O’Reilly (6-1, 1-1 UFC) – Lightweight
- Ryan Benoit (8-3, 1-1 UFC) vs. Ben Nguyen (13-5, 1-0 UFC) – Flyweight Fight
Beware that the all three plans include an auto-renewal feature, so you’ll have to actively cancel your subscription to stop being billed. This is an annoying part of live streaming subscriptions and I hate it. There is no moneyback offer if you forget, so keep in mind to cancel the FightPass subscription before a new month is billed to your credit card.
On the positive side of things, Fight Pass live streaming is available on the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. As you might have guessed, it’s also available on Android smartphones and tablet computers.
FOX Sports 1 Undercard
FOX Sports 1 also shows undercard fights in the lead-up to the pay-per-view broadcast. These do not require a subscription, but they do require your cable or satellite provider to offer FS1 on the package you buy. FoxSports1 is becoming more common on basic cable packages, though. My own cable provider is CableOne, one of the worst-reviewed cable companies in America, and it offers FS1.
- Anthony Perosh (15-9, 5-5 UFC) vs. Gian Villante (13-6, 3-3 UFC) – Light Heavyweight Fight
- Kyle Noke (20-7-1, 5-3 UFC) vs. Peter Sobotta (15-4-1, 2-3 UFC) – Welterweight Bout
- Akbarh Arreola (23-9-1, 1-2 UFC) vs. Jake Matthews (8-1, 2-1 UFC) – Lightweight
- Richie Vaculik (10-4, vs. Danny Martinez (17-7, UFC) – Flyweight Bout
MMA $125K HAYMAKER [$125,000 Guaranteed Contest]
Event Happens: This Saturday Night at 6 pm Eastern Standard Time
Date: November 14, 2015
Entry Fee: $3
Potential Entries: 47,912
Multi-Entry Limit: 200
Frequent Player Points (FPPs): 12
Jackpot Prize: $10,000
Prize Pool: $125,000 guaranteed
The rules of the Haymaker event includes a standard $50,000 salary cap, which is used to draft a 5-fighter linup. The player pool includes all fighters expected to participate in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s UFC 193: Revolution event. Fighter salaries do not change once DraftKings starts offering the contest. Entrants need to check back the day of the event to make certain no late-scratch happens, because injuries and pull-outs happen on occasion.
Frequent Player Points or FPPs are the ongoing rewards points, which trigger cash back, freerolls, merchandise, and other rewards on the site.
Results and winning lineups are going to be based on total fantasy points scored during your entrant’s 5-fighting starting lineup. Fighters in each event accumulate points according to the following rules.
UFC 193 Fighter Salaries – DraftKings Salary Cap Figures
- Ronda Rousey – $11400
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk – $11300
- Jake Matthews – $11000
- Gian Villante – $10900
- Richard Walsh – $10800
- James Moontasri – $10600
- Mark Hunt – $10500
- Steve Montgomery – $10400
- Peter Sobotta – $10200
- Ben Nguyen – $10000
- Stefan Struve – $9900
- Uriah Hall – $9800
- Danny Martinez – $9700
- Richie Vaculik – $9700
- Robert Whittaker – $9600
- Jared Rosholt – $9500
- Ryan Benoit – $9400
- Kyle Noke – $9200
- Dan Kelly – $9000
- Antonio Silva – $8900
- Anton Zafir – $8800
- Steve Kennedy – $8600
- Anthony Perosh – $8500
- Akbarh Arreola – $8300
- Valerie Letourneau – $8100
- Holly Holm – $8000
DraftKings MMA Scoring Notes – The Scoring System
Fight Conclusion Bonuses
- 1st Round Win = +100 PTS – The abbreviation for a first round win on the DraftKings site is (1rW+).
- 2nd Round Win = +70 PTS – The DraftKings designation for a second round win is (2rW+).
- 3rd Round Win = +50 PTS – The DK designation for the third round win is (3rW+).
- 4th Round Win = +40 PTS – The DK abbreviation for this result is (4rW+).
- 5th Round Win = +40 PTS – The shorthand for this result is (5rW+).
- Decision Win = +25 PTS – The abbreviation for this result is (WBD+).
DraftKings’ “Moves Scoring”
- Significant Strikes – +0.5 PTS – Abbreviation: (SS)
- Advance: +1 PT – Shorthand: (ADVC)
- Takedown: +2 PTS – Shorthand: (TD)
- Reversal/Sweep: +2 PTS – Abbreviation: (REV)
- Knockdown: +3 PTS – Meaning: (KD)
- To Mount
- To Half Guard
- To Back Control
- To Side Control
Significant Strikes on DraftKings MMA
“Significant Strikes” are described as “any Distance Strike or Clinch/Ground Strikes that are considered ‘Power Strikes’ by official scorers.”
Below is the prize pool for the event on Saturday night. Once again, I’ll include details on the MMA fighters as soon as the list of official potential starters is listed. I could add those right now, but the card could change at the last moment, so I want the official draftable list for UFC 193.
MMA #125K Haymaker Prize Pool Details
- 1st – $10,000
- 2nd – $7,000
- 3rd – $5,000
- 4th – $4,000
- 5th – $3,000
- 6th – $2,000
- 7th and 8th – $1,500
- 9th and 10th – $1,000
- 11th and 12th – $700
- 13th, 14th, 15th – $500
- 16th -to- 20th – $300
- 21st -to- 25th – $200
- 26th -to- 30th – $100
- 31st -to- 45th – $75
- 46th -to- 60th – $60
- 61st -to- 80th – $50
- 81st -to- 100th – $40
- 101st -to- 125th – $35
- 126th -to- 175th – $30
- 176th -to- 225th – $25
- 226th -to- 275th – $20
- 276th -to- 375th – $17
- 376th -to- 525th – $15
- 526th -to- 725th – $14
- 726th -to- 925th – $13
- 926th -to- 1225th – $12
- 1226th -to- 1725th – $11
- 1726th -to- 2225th – $10
- 2226th -to- 3225th – $9
- 3226th -to- 4225th – $8
- 4226th -to- 6025th – $7
- 6026th -to- 9625th – $6
DraftKings Description: The November 14 MMA $125k Haymaker contest on DraftKings includes a 5-fighter starting lineup from the UFC 193: Revolution fight card. It is 47912-player contest with $125,000 in total prizes. Those prizes are paid out the top 9625 finishing positions. First place wins $10,000.00.
List of DFS Contests You Can Enter
The dollar figure given in each instance is the entry fee you’ll have to pay to enter. The other numbers indicates how many entrants are in each contest, except for the 50/50 figure. That represents a contest in which you have to finish in the top 50% of the field to win money. Those contests often includes hundreds, if not thousands, of entrants.
The “MMA” designation is simply how you’ll find it listed on the DraftKings website.
- MMA $1 3-Player
- MMA $1 5-Player
- MMA $1 10-Player
- MMA $1 50/50
- MMA $2 3-Player
- MMA $2 5-Player
- MMA $2 10-Player
- MMA $2 50/50
- MMA $3 3-Player
- MMA $3 5-Player
- MMA $3 10-Player
- MMA $3 50/50
- MMA $5 3-Player
- MMA $5 5-Player
- MMA $5 10-Player
- MMA $5 50/50
- MMA $10 3-Player
- MMA $10 5-Player
- MMA $10 10-Player
- MMA $10 50/50
- MMA $20 3-Player
- MMA $20 5-Player
- MMA $20 10-Player
- MMA $20 50/50
- MMA $50 3-Player
- MMA $50 5-Player
- MMA $50 10-Player
- MMA $50 50/50
- MMA $109 3-Player
- MMA $109 5-Player
- MMA $109 10-Player
- MMA $109 50/50
- MMA $215 3-Player
- MMA $215 5-Player
- MMA $215 10-Player
- MMA $215 50/50
- MMA $530 3-Player
- MMA $530 5-Player
- MMA $530 10-Player
- MMA $530 50/50
- MMA $1,060 3-Player
- MMA $1,060 5-Player
- MMA $1,060 10-Player
- MMA $1,060 50/50
A number of free contests are offered, including 7-player to 100-player games. Go the contest page and look up the names explosion025, kjw15, Lane_Miller10, mealy x2, realboss27, sketterman, wesw28, yankeeshml, pquigly35, and j3pimpc409 for more information.
Step 1 events (satellite events) are also offered. Winner-Take-All versions of all the contests discussed above are available, too. Triple Up, Booster x10, Leagues, and Ticket Satellite contests are available. Then you have the $1K Jab, $1K Arm Bar, $1K Contender, $1K Takedown, $1k Flying Knee, $1K Counter Punch, and $2.5K Quarter Arcade (entry is $0.25). More expensive options exist, including the Guillotine, Chokehold, Contender, $10K Roundhouse, and $10K Triangle.
High rollers can play in the MMA $10K Title Fight, which has a $10,060 entry fee, 10 entries, and $10,000 prize pool.
When DraftKings puts up the DFS numbers for this fight, I’ll also give quick scouting reports of the various fighters, so MMA contest entrants on DraftKings will have a bit of a primer. I’ll also point to other guides which can help you make daily fantasy MMA decisions. For now, this brief overview of the upcoming UFC 193: Revolution is at an end.
I’ll also add scoring system, entry fee, and payout information for the DraftKings MMA contests. Potential DFS contestants will have all the information they need to know to enter their first daily fantasy UFC event.
In many ways, playing in golf and mixed martial arts contests are why I enjoy DFS gaming on DraftKings so much. UFC 193 is a good chance for other people to experience the same entertainment. Nothing beats a fight card in which a big payout is on the line. But let’s get to my prediction for the fight.
Rousey vs Holm Prediction
Holly Holm looks like she’s the most accomplished fighters Ronda Rousey has fought. That adds intrigue to this fight. I fall into the camp of those who think the Ultimate Fighting Championship officials rushed this fight a little too soon, because there aren’t that many good contenders for the promotion’s top female fighter.
A little more build-up might have made created even more buzz for Rousey-Holm, but we’ll see. It’s hard for the punchers to stay on their feet when a shooter is really determined to take it to the mat, but Ronda Rousey is not a classic wrestler (and thus a top shooter)–she’s a judo specialist. Holm’s combination of punches and kicks might make her opponent think twice about rushing in, though I doubt she’ll have the power to keep the champion at bay. I see this fight taking a bit longer, with the champ being a bit more cautious than usual, but the results are likely to be the same as you’ve come to expect: Ronda Rousey wins when the fight goes to the mat.