Stacking up 12 consecutive victories before colliding with Holly Holm’s left shin in 2016, Ronda Rousey had an incredible run of success in the UFC, using her superior grappling knowledge to destroy most of her competitors within the first round. But while her grappling remained at elite level she failed to improve her striking, and once the rest of her competitors started to catch up, she was left with her weaknesses exposed.
The first sign of trouble was when she faced Holm Holm, a boxer who was vastly more experienced in striking arts that Rousey, and knew how to avoid getting into Rousey’s trademark clinch. Unable to secure a throw on the evasive Holm, and having already eaten several shots to the face, she sat on her stool at the end of the first round looking dazed and confused. Round two ended when Holm’s shin collided with her head, resulting in a devastating knockout.
In December, Ronda Rousey suffered a second humiliating defeat against current bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes. Unable to secure a cinch to work her trademark Judo techniques, she had to rely on her striking, and was once again found seriously lacking, resulting in a TKO finish for Nunes.
But let’s not let Rousey’s fall from grace tarnish her legacy. For five years she was an unstoppable force in women’s MMA thanks mainly to four key Judo techniques which she used time and time again. Let’s take a look at what they were.