Due to a thumb injury to UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, UFC 193 in Melbourne will now be headlined by Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm for the promotion’s women’s bantamweight title.
Rousey was originally scheduled to defend her title against Holm at UFC 195 in early January. UFC president Dana White announced the reshuffle Friday in the US on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Rousey, 28, (12-0) last defeated Bethe Correia via a 34-second KO at UFC 190 in Brazil. The event reportedly sold an estimated 900,000 pay-per-view buys, the largest number since “UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva” back in 2013.
Thirty-three year-old Holm (9-0) has two UFC victories to her name. The former pro boxing standout scored a split points decision over Raquel Pennington in her UFC debut before outpointing Marion Reneau unanimously at UFC Fight Night 71 in July.
UFC 193 takes place at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Sunday November 15. Lawler vs Condit for the welterweight title, the event’s original headliner, is now postponed.
With the fight announcement today, UFC 193 now looks like this: