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Morning Report: Randy Couture says Ronda Rousey was served some 'humble pie' by Holly Holm

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture has some insight into what went wrong for his Expendables 3 co-star.

The biggest favorite in UFC history, Ronda Rousey was derailed by women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm when the pair headlined UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia. A 19X world boxing champion, Holm battered Rousey with her striking before scoring a headkick knockout early in the second round.

"I was surprised," Couture told Submission Radio. "I thought Holly would be the first one to really hit Ronda and I thought she would give Ronda problems with her footwork. She demonstrated amazing footwork. I knew she wasn't going to be half crazy and run right at Ronda like some of these other girls have tried and run right into her wheelhouse. I was surprised when Ronda did get her hands on her and got her on the ground that Holly dealt with it so well and was able to shed Ronda off and get her back where she needed her in that striking realm.

"I thought by the third or fourth round Ronda would have figured out the footwork and gotten her hands on her and found a way to submit her. Holly had an amazing performance and has demonstrated a ton of class with how she's dealt with Ronda and the media and all the shock of winning that event. I think, you know, there are occasions where we all kind of need some humble pie and that's probably where Ronda is sitting right now."

A rematch has been earmarked for July 9 at UFC 200 in Las Vegas, Nevada and Couture likes Rousey's chances. Saying she underestimated Holm, Couture believes Rousey has all the tools to execute a win.

"Yes, I think she can make the adjustments she needs to make," said Couture. "It's purely a function of focus and gameplan. I think after knocking her last opponent out she was maybe a little over confident with her striking and didn't give Holly the credit she deserved as a world-class boxer and kick boxer. She went out and tried to strike with [Holm] and paid the price with an elusive southpaw with a great jab that just kept tagging her.

"I think those are things that can be fixed. Change her approach to closing the distance and getting your hands on Holly. Make Holly operate where [Rousey] is strongest. How many judo medalists do we have in this sport? Time and time again that's where she's won her fights."

Couture even threw back to his own experience fighting James Toney at UFC 118 in 2010. It didn't take long for the grappler to shoot on the former heavyweight boxing champ and secure an arm triangle choke in the opening round.

"It looked to me like she thought she was going to go out and strike with a world-class boxer and that's always a bad idea," said Couture. "It would have been a bad idea for me to do it with James Toney, it was a bad idea for her to do it with Holly Holm."

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