Mixed Martial Arts superstar Ronda Rousey looks all set to defend her women’s bantamweight title against unbeaten former pro boxing champion Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, as per SB Nation.
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Before the UFC 193 clash, Ronda Rousey has found herself in the middle of the controversy. Apparently, Australian politicians and child protection groups targeted the violent nature of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and believed that minors should be banned from attending the UFC 193 this weekend.
Rousey has garnered huge popularity in Australia with nearly 70,000 expected fans ready to flock the Etihad Stadium on Saturday when she battles Holly Holm. When Rousey was interviewed about the ongoing debate, she said, “I don’t believe it is violent at all,” Rousey told Channel 7 News. “I believe it is called martial arts for a reason. It is an art.”
“It might look a little graphic; it doesn’t actually mean it is that dangerous. Most of the injuries in the sport are actually cosmetic.”
Phil West, co-founder of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a prominent Australia child safety group highlighted the possible role of live MMA fighting on Children’s Psyche. “It is brutal and savage,” West said. “MMA involves extreme violence, hitting people in the face while sitting on their torso.”
Holly Holm also talks about fighting Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, notes MMA Fighting. She says, “I like that people are still doubting me.” She is very keen on taking the opposition and believes that much will change if she wins the fight against Rousey.