‘UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm’ Live Results and Play-by-Play

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
November 14th, 2015


“UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm” took place Saturday inside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. 

A pair of what’s expected to be lopsided title tilts headlined the festivities. Reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey put her belt on the line against boxer Holly Holm in tonight’s featured attraction.

Strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk defended her throne against Valerie Letourneau in the co-main event.

Rousey and Jedrzejczyk were both overwhelming 20-1 odds-on favorites to retain their hardware.

Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:

Preliminary Card:

(UFC Fight Pass 6:15PM ET/3:15PM PT)

Ryan Benoit (+105) vs. Ben Nguyen (-135)

1stRound: Nguyen lands a leg kick to start things off. He follows up with a heavy left hand and a knee to the midsection in the clinch. Benoit falls to the canvas and Nguyen jumps on top. He’s got full-mount. Benoit rolls over giving up his back. Nguyen has him flattened out with four minutes to go. He slaps on a rear-naked choke. Nguyen softening up with some punches to the dome. Benoit fending him off pretty well. Nguyen clocks in the choke again. It’s a wrap.

Result: Ben Nguyen Defeats Ryan Benoit via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:36 in the 1stRound

Anton Zafir (+250) vs. James Moontasri (-350)

1stRound: Zafir charges the center of the cage and immediately scores a takedown. Moontasri has him in his full-guard. Zafir is grinding him against the cage. Moontasri works to his feet, but Zafir is clinging to him. Moontasri finally gets loose with a minute to go. Zafir won the round, but looks very winded. He did take the fight on short notice. Moontasri drops him with a spinning back kick to the midsection and back fist to the face combo. A few bombs on the ground before the assault is brought to a halt. That was impressive.

Result: James Moontasri Defeats Anton Zafir via TKO (Strikes) at 4:36 in the 1stRound

Steven Kennedy (+250) vs. Richard Walsh (-350)

1stRound: Walsh starts things off with two straight leg kicks. His aggressive style is setting the tone early. Kennedy eating more leg kicks to the lead leg. Kennedy is stumbling because he can’t stand on his leg. Walsh smells blood. Kennedy’s left thigh is already badly bruised. Walsh is landing some leather right now, all power punches. He clocks Kennedy with a right hand. Seems like just a matter of time. Kennedy tries to change things up with a takedown attempt. Kennedy drags him to the ground and takes his back. Walsh gets to his feet, but is slammed right back down. He has both hooks in with a minute to go. Kennedy takes full mount. Lands a sold elbow. Nice rally by Kennedy. Close one.

5thRound scores it: Walsh, 10-9.

2ndRound: Walsh immediately resumes his assault on his opponent’s lead leg. Kennedy desperately dives for a single-leg, but essentially pulled guard with the move. Walsh lets him back up. Kennedy dives for another takedown, but Walsh wants nothing to do with him on the ground. Walsh standing over him and pounding him. He should just get out and let Kennedy back up. Kennedy gets another late takedown. Kennedy not doing much in top position.

5thRound scores it: Walsh, 10-9.

3rdRound: Kennedy Walsh clocks him with a right and Kennedy falls to the ground. Walsh takes his back, but he should just let him go and get this back to the feet. They’re back up. Walsh thwarts a takedown. Crowd boos because Kennedy continues to fall on his back, but that’s his only chance of winning. It’s not like he can stand because of the damage to his leg. Kennedy is gonna have a tough time walking tomorrow, if not just back to the locker room.

5thRound scores it: Walsh, 10-9, and likely swept the cards, 30-27.

Result: Richard Walsh Defeats Steven Kennedy via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Dan Kelly (+210) vs. Steve Montgomery (-280)

1stRound: Montgomery lands a knee to the body. Kelly lands some big shots. The judo specialist gets a hold of Kelly and tosses him to the ground. Kelly pelts him with some short elbows to the head. Montgomery briefly gets to his feet, but is tossed right back down. He’s taken Montgomery’s back. Kelly stays on top after a scramble. Kelly looking for a D’arce choke.

5thRound scores it: Kelly, 10-9.

2ndRound: Montgomery tags him with a right hand. Kelly clinches him against the cage. Montgomery scores with some shots in the clinch. He lands some knees in the midsection. Kelly seems more winded. Those knees to the midsection aren’t helping his conditioning. Much better round for Montgomery.

5thRound scores it: Montgomery, 10-9.

3rdRound: Kelly scores with up unanswered left jabs, but eats a knee to the midsection for his troubles. Kelly takes a shot to the groin but wants to fight again immediately. Montgomery scoring with some short punches. Kelly gets a hold and briefly tosses him to the ground. Montgomery is starting to open things up on the feet. This one’s up for grabs, and they aren’t holding back. Kelly connects with a nice right. And another. He clinches and scores with knees to the body. He trips Montgomery to the ground and lands on top. With only a minute left, that may have won him this fight. Kelly takes his back and goes for a rear-naked choke. Kelly is smothering him on the ground. He takes full-mount and drops some bombs.

5thRound scores it: Kelly, 10-9, and should win, 29-28.

Result: Dan Kelly Defeats Steve Montgomery via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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Richie Vaculik (-115) vs. Danny Martinez (-115)

1stRound: Martinez takes the center of the cage and is coming fast with his attack, but Vaculik is doing a good job of countering with his right hand. Vaculik drops to his back and Martinez willingly jumps into his full-guard. They’re back up. Martinez dives for a takedown in the center of the cage. Martinez working solid body punches on the ground. Vaculik eats an elbow. Not much action here. They get stood up for inactivity. Martinez is flinging the leather but coming up empty. Vaculik doing his best to avoid a single-leg, but is ultimately put on his back.

5thRound scores it: Martinez, 10-9.

2ndRound: Martinez is a wild one when it comes to his standup, throwing anything and everything just to see what sticks. He lands a one-two combo. Martinez gets an easy takedown with three minutes to go. They get to their feet. Martinez drops him briefly with a right hook. He’s starting to land some of these wild punches. Vaculik eats an uppercut. Vaculik gets a takedown and takes his back. Martinez quickly steals top position. Vaculik gets to his feet, but eats a right hand for his troubles. Martinez gets one final takedown before the horn.

5thRound scores it: Martinez, 10-9.

3rdRound: Vaculik gets a takedown, but Martinez is once again able to take top position. To Vaculik’s credit, he’s doing a great job of avoiding shots while on his back. Martinez lets him up but lands a knee to the body on the way out. Vaculik has three minutes to finish this. Martinez gets another takedown. Vaculik lands some elbows to the dome in trying to get up. Martinez doing just enough to maintain top position, it doesn’t seem like he wants to finish and is happy with a decision win.

5thRound scores it: Martinez, 10-9, and should run the table, 30-27.

Result: Danny Martinez Defeats Richie Vaculik via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Anthony Perosh (+325) vs. Gian Villante (-450)

1stRound: Villante landing early and often. Perosh looking every bit his 43 years right now. And just like that, Villante drops him with a vicious right hand. It’s a walkoff KO.

Result: Gian Villante Defeats Anthony Perosh via KO (Punch) at 2:56 in the 1stRound

Kyle Noke (+150) vs. Peter Sobotta (-180)

1stRound: They’re trading shots early, nothing significant landing from either fighter. Noke lands a front kick to the midsection that drops Sobotta. Noke goes in for the kill with several bombs to the dome. Game, set, match, Noke.

Result: Kyle Noke Defeats Peter Sobotta via TKO (Strikes) at 2:01 in the 1stRound

Akbarh Arreola (+700) vs. Jake Matthews (-1400)

1stRound: Arreola scoring with some leg kicks. Matthews clinching him against the cage. Arreola sweeps his legs out from underneath him with a kick. Arreola clobbers him with a head kick and pounces. He jumps on his back. Arreola locks in a body triangle. He’s a little too high and Matthews shucks him off. Matthews is giving him the business on the ground. Close round.

5thRound scores it: Arreola, 10-9.

2ndRound: Matthews scores a takedown in under a minute. He’s dropping some big shots on Arreola. Vicious ground-and-pound from Matthews. Arreola is cut over his right eye from an elbow. Arreola isn’t even trying to escape. Matthews owned him in this period.  Arreola is a bloody mess. His right eye is swollen very badly.

5thRound score it: Matthews, 10-9.

The doctor has stopped the fight between rounds.

Result: Jake Matthews Defeats Akbarh Arreola via TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage – Right Eye) at 5:00 in the 2ndRound

Main Card:

(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)

Jered Rosholt (+105) vs. Stefan Struve (-135)

1stRound: Slight reach advantage for Struve… Nothing happening and the crowd is not happy. Struve throws an arrant kick and Rosholt catches it and takes him down. This could be a very long lay-and-pray kind of fight. Very quiet in the stadium right now. Rosholt advances to side-control but isn’t doing anything but lay on him. Crowd booing heavily now. Curious what the striking numbers there was.

5thRound scores it: Rosholt, 10-9.

2ndRound: Not much action in the standup though two minutes. Rosholt finally gets a hold of him and is clinching him against the fence. He let’s Struve loose. Rosholt gets a single-leg and trips him to the ground in the center of the cage. Rosholt is standing over him and eats an upkick. Rosholt just LnPin’.

5thRound scores it: Rosholt, 10-9.

3rdRound: Struve lands a jab. Rosholt seems comfortable keeping this standing for now, especially since Struve isn’t doing anything. This fight is of the ZZZzzz variety. All the air has been sucked out of the stadium. Rosholt gets stuffed on a takedown attempt. Struve lands a knee to the face. Rosholt gets a takeown. Sigh…

5thRound scores it: Rosholt, 10-9, and should easily win, 30-27.

Result: Jered Rosholt Defeats Stefan Struve via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Robert Whittaker (+120) vs. Uriah Hall (-150)

1stRound: Whittaker doesn’t care about Hall’s standup and charges him from the jump. Nothing landing from either fighter two minutes in. Hall has been in the center of the cage and has been dictating the pace. Hall goes for some crazy Matrix stuff and gets taken down with two minutes. Whittaker standing over him and pelting him with small shots. Whittaker takes his back, but only 30 seconds left. Hall reverses.

5thRound Scores its: Whittaker, 10-9.

2ndRound: Hall appears scared to pull the trigger again. He takes a eye poke and time is called. Game on. On replay, that was a closed fist that got in Hall’s eye. Whittaker is dictating the action, but nothing much to write about. The first two fights on this PPV have been unforgettable, at best. Hall finally scores with a right hand. Whittaker has been very active with the leg kicks to keep Hall off balance

5thRound scores it: Whittaker, 10-9.

3rdRound: They are trading thunder! Hall loses the exchange. He appears staggered. Whittaker takes his back against the fence. Whittaker grinding him against the fence. They finally separate. Hall clinches him against the cage, but he needs a finish. Hall regresses after his upset over Gegard Mousasi.

5thRound scores it: Whittaker, 10-9, and likely sweeps the cards, 30-27.

Result: Robert Whittaker Defeats Uriah Hall via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Antonio Silva (+200) vs. Mark Hunt (-260)

1stRound: Hunt takes the center of the cage. Not much action thus far. Silva looks drastically different without TRT. Hunt nails him with a big right hand. Hunt drops him with a right and pounces. Game over.

Result: Mark Hunt Defeats Antonio Silva via TKO (punch) at 3:41 in the 1stRound

Valerie Letourneau (+1000) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-2000 UFC strawweight champion)

1stRound: They’re feeling each other out in the first minute. VT catches a kick and trips Jedrzejczyk to the mat. VT is smothering on the ground. Jedrzejczyk gets to her feet. They’re still in the clinch. Smart strategy by VT to eliminate Jedrzejczyk’s standup advantage. They finally separate with two minutes to go. VT eats a vicious kick to the face. That hurt. Close one.

5thRound scores it: Jedrzejczyk, 10-9.

2ndRound: Jedrzejczyk hasn’t turned up the heat yet. Would have expected more from a 20-1 odds-on favorite. VL clinches her against the cage. They separate. VL is clearly looking to catch the champ’s kicks to land takedowns. Very slow-paced fight, surprising for a strawweight bout. Jedrzejczyk starting to score with combinations. Another tight one.

5thRound scores it: Jedrzejczyk, 10-9.

3rdRound: VL gets a body lock against the fence. Jedrzejczyk gets loose. Jedrzejczyk tags her with another front kick to the face. Jedrzejczyk was gifted this chance to shine in Rousey’s shadow and isn’t taking advantage. Another tight one.

5thRound scores it: Letourneau, 10-9.

4thRound: VL is game. The champ hasn’t done much to pull away, outside of two front kicks. Jedrzejczyk hasn’t looked too devastating tonight. Perhaps the pressure and expectations caught up? Another close round to call since nobody has landed anything crazy. Jedrzejczyk is lucky she’s the champ and will likely get he benefit of the doubt from the judges.

5thRound scores it: Jedrzejczyk, 10-9.

5thRound: This is far from a runaway for Jedrzejczyk. Her output might pull it out for her. Jedrzejczyk is putting on a clinic more than anything. VL’s face is battered. VL has nothing to be ashamed of here, great heart. Jedrzejczyk should have finished considering the betting odds. She didn’t come with the same devastation that she has in previous bouts.

5thRound scores it: Jedrzejczyk, 10-9, and likely retained her belt, 49-46.

Result: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Defeats Valerie Letourneau via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) (Jedrzejczyk retains her strawweight title)

Holly Holm (+1000) vs. Ronda Rousey (-2000 UFC bantamweight champion)

1stRound: Herb Dean is the third man inside the cage. No touch of gloves between the ladies. Holm circling the outside while Rousey goes on the hunt. Nothing significant has landed from either so far. Rousey gets a takedown, but wasn’t able to keep her there. Rousey scores a couple of punches in the clinch. Holm lands a straight left. Rousey is getting lit up. Holm picks her up and slams her to the mat. She wisely lets her up.

5thRound scores it: Holm, 10-9.

2ndRound: Wow. Holm lands a sold straight left then drops Rousey with a head kick and gives her the business on the ground. Rousey is unconscious on the canvas. Game over. Biggest upset in MMA history.

Result: Holly Holm Defeats Ronda Rousey via KO (Strikes) at :59 in the 2ndRound (Holm captures UFC bantamweight title)

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