Rousey vs. Holm was one of the biggest fights in women’s MMA history right behind Rousey vs. Tate 1, and just ahead of Cyborg vs. Carano. It took place in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and there it went down as one for the history books. I will admit I almost bet on Holm myself, but decided against it because I couldn’t risk losing the bet money. What an idiot I was.
Apparently, everyone else had the same idea. So many last minute bets on Holly Holm came in that betting was blocked by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. Tabcorp was prevented from taking any more wagers because of fight fixing fears.
This is via the Sunday Morning Herald:
Victoria’s gambling regulator banned Tabcorp from taking bets on the recent UFC cage fighting event in Melbourne, amid warnings by law enforcement agencies that the sport was vulnerable to corruption and money laundering by organised criminals.
“In determining the application the VCGLR formed a view that UFC does not have appropriate policies or measures in place as required by Victoria’s gambling laws,” a spokeswoman said.
There have been some very fishy scores by judges who have a long history with combat sports pre-dating the UFC, or at least the modern iteration. Going back and watching this event, most fans do not believe it was fixed. That may be in part to the hate for Ronda Rousey, or the desire to see a fresh face in the division. Whatever the case is, someone, somewhere thought something was off and the bets were blocked. What do you think? Was the fight fixed?