Ronda Rousey was initially set to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas. However, UFC president Dana White announced late Friday night that there has been a change of plans and Rousey will fight sooner rather than later.
Due to a thumb injury to welterweight title holder Robbie Lawler, the UFC has bumped Rousey vs. Holm to UFC 193 which takes place on Nov. 14 in Melbourne, Australia.
UFC 193 is being held at Etihad Stadium — which holds more than 55,000 fans — and Rousey’s popularity has led White to believe the new headliner will lead to a new attendance record for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“Obviously Ronda Rousey was huge for us down in Brazil, she was well received there,” White said during his appearance on SportsCenter.
“It did very well on pay-per-view here in the United States, and she’s obviously a huge superstar for us. Australia is an important market for us, so we’re going to bring her out there in our first real big stadium show, and we know she’ll break the record.”
The event marks the UFC’s debut in Melbourne.
With the change in the main event, the updated UFC 193 fight card can be seen below.
- Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm for women’s bantamweight title
- Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
- Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker
- Jared Rosholt vs. Stefan Struve
- Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews
- Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
- Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante
- Ricardo Abreu vs. Daniel Kelly
- Steven Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh
- Brendan O’Reilly vs. William Macario
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