Monday, November 16, 2015

When you Fail to Understand Your Weaknesses: Rousey vs Holm Analysis

Obviously, things didn't go well for Ronda Rousey Saturday night when she fought Holly Holm.

After a busy weekend, I haven't really gotten a chance to talk with anyone about the fight. But today, after a good skill and sparring session, I sat down one of the coaches at Raja Academy of Martial Arts here in Greenville, SC to talk about the fight. Hafez Hakim, who's been featured in some of the videos I've posted previously, had some insightful things to say about the mistakes that were made.

What went wrong?

"Firstly, she was over-confident", Hakim started off with and added, "and she let her own hype get the best of her."

Which is a good point. Especially, when we remember that part of Rousey's stated plan was to "out box" the 19 time boxing champ Holm. Clearly, that wasn't a well thought out plan as Holm showed she was much better at keeping the distance between herself and Rousey, while at the same time still landing solid shots.

Hakim went on to say, "Ronda's style was more about pressure and attempting to show off her power - which you see if you ever watch her training - but it was clear she was never trained to deal with specific situations. She didn't display anything that showed me she she understood more of the technical aspects of boxing. Unlike Holly, who is highly technical."

Ultimately, this overconfidence, as well as Rousey's failure to understand that her stiking was simply not up to snuff when it came to a boxer like Holm, lead to Ronda's downfall.
And that should be a lesson to us all.

As fighters, we all have strengths and weaknesses. It is very easy to rely on those strengths ignore your weakness. The problem is, eventually, someone is going to figure you out and they'll use that weakness against you. Which is exactly what happened in the fight this past weekend.

No one doubts Ronda Rousey's skills as a fighter - especially as a Judoka and submission grappler. But everyone knows (or should have) that striking is not her primary skillset - it was her weakness. Her attempt to prove the legitimacy of her striking by trying to beat Holly Holm at her own game, lost her the title. She underestimated her opponent and overestimated what was obviously her primary weakness.

I know this won't be the last we see of "Rowdy" Ronda and I still really like her as a fighter. But I think as she heals up and as she prepares for her comeback, she's going to have a lot to think about. Hopefully, she'll treat this as a learning experience and take the necessary steps to alleviate those problems that plagued her this fight.

I hope you guys learned something from this fight as well. Don't ignore your weaknesses. And, for the love of God, don't overestimate your weaknesses either. Learn to honestly assess your skill set, identify problem areas, and strive to improve them.

Train Hard,
Josh Skinner


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