The underdog won tonight.
One of the most consistently dominant athletes in MMA got dominated.
Holly Holm prepared meticulously and executed flawlessly. It was obvious in her performance and in her post-fight remarks. This was no fluke. She earned this victory. It was beautiful to watch.
I had fully expected Rousey to be the dominant one. I tuned in to watch her dominate. Because I like that kind of stuff.
I got what I wanted out of the fight. But wow, what a surprise.
Unrelated to dominance, huge props to Holly for how she carried herself both before and after the fight. Much respect for her willingness to admit that she doubted herself at times in her training, and had to force herself to work on the things that were hard until she got them right.
Unimpressed with Ronda not touching gloves before the fight.
My takeaways from this: No one is invincible. Don’t let success get to your head. Work hard. Work on what’s hard. Work until it’s easy, then find something else hard to work on.
To indulge in a moment of armchair coaching, one more takeaway: Don’t surround yourself with people who tell you you’re doing “beautiful work” when in actuality you’re getting your ass handed to you.