UFC 193: Holly vs Ronda

Winning With Strengths In The UFC

The internet exploded yesterday. By now, everyone knows what happened: Ronda Rousey was knocked out by Holly Holm. This is an upset of epic proportions! The only other time I can reference it to is Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson.

This is why we watch sports. It simply doesn’t follow a script.

I mean sure,  most of the games we watch have that those certain probabilities we can (objectively) predict. But we watch sports for that one time when David slays Goliath, the 2004 Pistons beating the Lakers and the Red Sox coming back from 0-3 deficit to beat the Yankees.

This is Sports!

I watched the replay of the fight and picked up a few pointers that we can all learn from:

  1. Preparation meets Opportunity
    • The formula, Luck = Preparation + Opportunity, never rung more true than today. Holly Holm was prepared. That preparation allowed her to keep calm where others have panicked. Ronda’s penchant for not touching gloves is by no means an attempt to disrespect opponents, it is simply an intimidation technique, but Holly wasn’t intimidated. She was prepared.
  2. Manage your WEAKNESSES
    • There was a moment during the fight where Holm was brought to the ground by Ronda and she immediately got away from it. In the post-game interview, she mentioned how  she had different coaches for stand-up, wrestling, grappling, etc. Clearly, she knew what her weaknesses were and made sure that they were covered. (Watch: UFC 193: Holly Holm Octagon Interview)
  3. Stick to your STRENGTHS
    • There was also a time when she took down Ronda but immediately brought back the fight to a striking match. Yes, she was prepared for those moments but she also understood and respected her opponents strength, so she stayed away from it. She knew what her STRENGTHS were and stuck with her game plan. We all know what happened next! BOOM!
  4. Be a Gracious Winner
    • The most amazing thing about this was how it would have been totally understandable to see Holly celebrate wildly after accomplishing what seemed (to everyone) to be impossible. Yet after raising her arms in victory, she immediately knelt down near Ronda’s side to make sure that she was okay. That to me was what made her an even greater champion.

I know that Ronda will definitely come back from this. She’s way too good not to. In fact, I’m sure she will be back stronger than ever.

Meanwhile, I can’t wait for the rematch!


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Ryan Salvanera is the Founder of Coach Rye and Co-Founder of StrengthsCoach.PH. Ryan is a Gallup Certified StrengthsFinder Coach who specializes in helping individuals maximize their unique powers, taking them from good to great to awesome! He also works with different organizations to develop and embed a strengths-based organization culture. Ryan’s top five talent themes are: Relater, Arranger, Learner, Maximizer and Individualization.

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Ryan Salvanera is an Executive Coach who helps teams and individuals maximize their unique powers, taking them from good to great to AWESOME! Ryan is the Founder of Coach Rye and a Co-Founder of Wissen Solomon and StrengthsCoach.PH.

Ryan’s top five talent themes are:
Relator, Arranger, Learner, Maximizer and Individualization.

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