The American underdog, 34, sent an already wobbling Rousey to the canvas with a sweeping kick to the head, before pouncing upon her stricken opponent and forcing the referee to end the clash.
It improved Holm’s unbeaten record to 10-0, and ended Rousey’s own perfect card of 12 bouts without defeat.
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"I had so much love and support. I thought, 'how could I not do this?'," Holm said afterwards.
"There was lots of blood, sweat and tears, but it sure was worth it. I'm trying to take this in, but this is crazy."
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