Here’s Exactly How Hard Holly Holm Kicked Ronda Rousey In The Head, According To Science

Even if youre not an MMA fan, youve probably heard about the shock victory of Holly Holmagainst Ronda Rousey for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout on Sunday. The left-footed kick to Rouseys head during the second round now immortalized in memes and newspaper headlines has been considered the defining moment of the match.

Rhett Allain, an associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, has written a piece in WIRED about the physics behind Holms now-iconic kick to Rouseys head.

There have been a lot of educated guesses and wild swings, but Allain has managed to calculate some pretty interesting stats. For example,he estimated that her average foot speed was 6.3 meters per second(14 miles per hour).From the rest of his work, we were able to add that therecoil of her foot was around1.6 meters per second(3.6 miles per hour).If you were lacking sympathy for Rousey before, perhaps you can start tofeel sorry for her now.

For the full scoop, check out Allain’s calculations over atWIRED.

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