On Saturday night, Holly Holm shocked the world of sport when she knocked out undefeated champion Ronda Rousey with a vicious but perfectly executed head-kick in round two of the feature event at UFC 193. UFC fans across the globe were shocked as the seemingly unbeatable “Rowdy” was outclassed.
Everyone, except Laila Ali, undefeated former boxer and daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali.
“She (Holm) didn’t shock me,” she told TMZ. “She’s a talented boxer, a world champion. She’s got an MMA background and obviously was no chump.”
“I’m excited for her,” the former world champion added. “Hopefully she’ll get the exposure she needs to take her career to the next level.”
Ali, who fought in 24 boxing matches, winning 21 by knockout, claimed it was plain to see that Holm was the better fighter.
“It’s obvious who the better fighter was.”
When asked about the now former bantamweight champion, Ali was reluctant to comment because “there’s so much that I could say.”
However, she did say: “I think we need to understand that in order to be the best in the world, you definitely don’t ever get beat up like that in your prime, period.”
“I don’t think she should have a rematch with Holly Holm because I think it could go the same way the second time,” she declared. “Or maybe worse.”