UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will take on former boxing champion Holly Holm in her next bout on Jan. 2.
Rousey announced the matchup on "Good Morning America" on Friday. The unbeaten 135-pound star's attempt at a seventh title defense will headline UFC 195 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
"Definitely my biggest challenge to date, so I'm super excited about it," Rousey told the ABC morning show.
Rousey's next bout was widely expected to be a third meeting with Miesha Tate, the only fighter who has ever survived a first round with Rousey.
Instead, Rousey (12-0) unexpectedly chose a meeting with Holm (9-0), who went 33-2-3 as a professional boxer and won several championship belts. The New Mexico native dedicated herself fully to mixed martial arts in 2013.
Holm has won two fights by decision since joining the UFC earlier this year, but neither was particularly impressive. Rousey is counting on Holm's vaunted striking abilities to be a draw for the bout — although Rousey's utter dominance has been its own selling point lately. Rousey has won her last three fights in a combined 64 seconds, including a 34-second stoppage of Brazil's Bethe Correia in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1.
Djokovic cruises, Serena struggles in Cincinnati
Novak Djokovic played his best match. Serena Williams? Well, she needed to pull a Serena to move on.
Taking two different approaches, the top seeds at Cincinnati reached the semifinals on Friday, moving step closer to a title that's been tough for either of them to win.
Djokovic beat fifth-seeded Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1, knocking off the player who beat him for the French Open title.
Williams followed on center court, struggled with her serve, and had to "pull a Serena" and rally from behind to beat Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
"It's like when you're down and maybe down a break in a set and a set, and you pull a Serena is when you come back and win," she said.
AROUND THE HORN
Little League World Series: Alex Edmondson threw his second no-hitter in eight days and hit a two-run homer in the first inning to help Taylors, S.C., beat Cranston, R.I., 7-1 on Friday in South Carolina's first ever victory in the Little League World Series. Edmondson struck out 15 a week after striking out 12 in his no-hitter in the Southeast championship. It was one of eight opening games in South Williamsport, Pa., after rain washed out all of Thursday's games.
NHL: The Nordiques advanced to the third and what's expected to be final stage in their bid to return to Quebec City as an NHL expansion franchise. Quebec's capital was previously home to the Nordiques, before they relocated to Colorado in 1995. What's unclear is if Las Vegas — the second of two expansion-franchise hopefuls — is also moving forward. Messages left with the Bill Foley-led group "Vegas Wants Hockey" were not returned.
College football: Arkansas landed highly touted quarterback Ricky Town, who left Southern California after only one week of fall practices. Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema announced the move Friday. … Former Oklahoma State player Tyreek Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation. Hill, an All-Big 12 all-purpose player after he gained 1,811 yards last season, was dismissed from the football team after being arrested and charged with punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend. … Central Michigan coach John Bonamego had his final scheduled radiation treatment for cancer.
NBA: A Chicago jury ordered defunct grocery store chain Dominick's to pay former Bulls star Michael Jordan $8.9 million for using his name without permission. Jordan testified earlier in the week that his image is precious to him, which is why he filed a lawsuit against Dominick's Finer Foods, which acknowledged it wasn't authorized to use Jordan's image in a 2009 magazine ad.
Colleges: Indiana and Louisville will play three future games in football and men's basketball. Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass had been looking for a replacement to border-state rivalry with Kentucky since the basketball contract expired after the 2011-12 season.
Golf: NCAA champion Bryson DeChambeau beat Paul Dunne 3 and 2 at Olympia Fields in Illinois to advance to the U.S. Amateur semifinals. The other semifinalists are USC's Sean Crocker, Virginia's Derek Bard and Japan's Kenta Konishi.
WNBA: Allie Quigley hit a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left to give host Chicago an 87-85 victory over Washington. Quigley finished with 20 points. … Tina Charles had 25 points and seven rebounds to lead host New York past Atlanta 78-67. … Karima Christmas had six points in overtime to help host Tulsa beat Connecticut 84-76 for its third victory in a row. … Indiana outscored Seattle 30-9 in the third quarter to roll 75-63, the Fever's franchise-record fourth consecutive victory on the road.