The UFC takes its show to Melbourne, Australia for the first time in their history with UFC 193. The card features a main event bout between Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm for the women’s bantamweight title and is co-main evented by Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her women’s strawweight title against Valerie Letourneau.
Ronda Rousey (-2000) vs Holly Holm (+900)
Rousey will look to rack up her seventh consecutive title defense, which would tie her for second all-time with Jose Aldo, when she faces Holm at UFC 193. In her 12 career fights, Rousey has fought for a combined 25 minutes and 36 seconds, which is an average of two minutes and 16 seconds per fight.
Rousey’s killer instinct and finishing ability is second to none, which does not spell good things for Holm who has been a notoriously slow starter. The game plan for Holm will likely be the same as anyone who has gotten into the Octagon with Rousey—keep a distance and try to score points with the jab.
Anything can happen in MMA, but it’s hard to not see this fight as bringing a lamb to a slaughter. This is just Holm’s third fight in the UFC and she is facing, arguably, the most dominant champion in UFC history.
Pick: Ronda Rousey
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-2250) vs Valerie Letourneau (+950)
Jedrzejczyk has proven to be one of the most devastating strikers in MMA with the mashed faces of Carla Esparza and Jessica Penne standing as a testament to that. It can take Jedrzejczyk a few minutes to find her range, but once she does there hasn’t been much a fighter can do to stop her.
Letourneau is a skilled fighter, with great technical abilities when it comes to striking. However, she does make a rather large, difficult weight cut to make the 115 lbs division.
Letourneau is a good fighter, but one that is in over her head. The technical ability and movement of Letourneau will likely cause some early issues for Jedrzejczyk, but that will not last for an entire 25-minutes. Jedrzejczyk will find her range and she will end this fight.
Pick: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Mark Hunt (-270) vs Antonio Silva (+210)
These two met in one of the greatest heavyweight fights in history, but that was all the way back in December of 2013. Since that fight, the ‘Super Samoan’ and ‘Bigfoot’ are a combined 2-4 with all four losses coming by T/KO.
Hunt has dedicated himself to better cardio during his camp and looks to be in great shape. Hunt’s ability to use his unique size (5’10) to his advantage to create great striking angles is what makes him so deadly.
Silva is a surprisingly nimble fighter and can work from a distance, but he works best in a clinch where he can dirty box and work his muay thai game.
Both of these fighters’ chins have started to show cracks after two full careers of being made of iron. However, Hunt might be in his best shape in years and Silva has not been the same fighter since he stopped TRT.
Pick: Mark Hunt
Uriah Hall (-140) vs Robert Whittaker (+110)
Hall is coming into the fight on short notice, but is also coming off the biggest win of his career with a knockout of the year contender against Gegard Mousasi. Hall’s game is all about using his unique speed to counter-strike, as he’s one of the rare fighters that’s truly able to excel when being pushed back.
Whittaker is coming into this fight on a three-fight winning streak including T/KO finishes in his past two. ‘The Reaper’ is more of a high-volume striker, excelling when he keeps his opponents inundated with strikes.
This is a tough fight to call as Hall and Whittaker have styles that may provide for an explosive three-round bout. I lean Hall simply because his experienced counter-striking style should give him the edge over Whittaker’s quantity-based style.
Pick: Uriah Hall
Stefan Struve (-130) vs Jared Rosholt (Even)
The classic battle of wrestler vs striker opens up the main card at UFC 193. Struve has struggled in his career to use his ridiculous size to his advantage, but does seem to finally understand it better since joining the Blackzillians mixed martial arts team. The next step for Struve is to show improved footwork, which has caused him issues in the past as he often looks awkward in the octagon.
Rosholt was a three time All-American in wrestling at Oklahoma State, which is experience Rosholt has used to control opponents on the ground and win decisions.
Struve clearly has the edge on the feet, so Rosholt will need to go for the takedown. However, Struve’s gangly arms make him surprisingly lethal on the ground, which will likely give him the edge on the ground as well.
Pick: Stefan Struve
For more UFC 193 coverage, check out our list of props for the Rousey-Holm fight, and for an expert’s take, read UFC commentator Jon Anik’s analysis of the betting odds for the main and co-main event.
View the odds for every fight on the card below:
UFC 193 Odds
Odds as of November 12 at Bodog
- James Moontasri -340
- Anton Zafir +260
- Ben Nguyen -150
- Ryan Benoit +120
- Steve Montgomery -275
- Daniel Kelly +215
- Richard Walsh -325
- Steven Kennedy +250
- Danny Martinez -120
- Richie Vaculik -110
- Gian Villante -400
- Anthony Perosh +300
- Peter Sobotta -175
- Kyle Noke +145
- Jake Matthews -950
- Akbarh Arreola +575
- Stefan Struve -130
- Jared Rosholt EVEN
- Uriah Hall -140
- Robert Whittaker +110
- Mark Hunt -270
- Antonio Silva +210
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk -2250
- Valerie Letourneau +950
- Ronda Rousey -2000
- Holly Holm +900