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Morning Report: Holly Holm isn't buying that 'hype monster' Ronda Rousey was created by the media

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Was Ronda Rousey just a cultural phenomenon created by the media?

I'll never tell, but that's a take being offered up by former UFC contender Chael Sonnen.

Reacting to those comments on ESPN Radio with Dan Le Batard, Holm says Rousey deserves credit for even garnering that media attention in the first place.

"I think she was really able to run though people, though," Holm said of Rousey. "She was kind of able to run through the girls in the division, but yes, everybody is beatable. I knew that. I'm not as bold as Chael to go out and say that. There was media around her but she was able to go in and take care of these girls so I hate to say that she's all hype. That's not what it is.

"She's been able to do well with all of this pressure on her and she's been able to perform. I don't take anything away from her performance but I'm one of those that believe every fighter is beatable and I didn't want to listen to all the hype. That's why I was able to get in there and do my business."

Holm put Rousey away early in the second round with a head kick knockout Nov. 15 at UFC 193. Aside from a brief moment on the mat, Holm never appeared to be in serious trouble against Rousey.

"After I landed the first few straight lefts that landed solid I thought, 'You know what? Yup, I can do this,'" Holm said. "I never felt like, 'Oh, this is in the bag.' Anything can happen in a fight. Until the knockdown happened with the kicks and I knew I could finish her did I really let that sink in like, 'Oh, I got her.'

"Anything can happen in there, especially with someone like Ronda that can pull off an armbar in two seconds or land that solid punch and drop you. There's a lot of things to watch out for even if you're dominating. Anything can happen in a fight."

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