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WHAT'S NEXT AFTER SHOCKER? GET READY FOR HOLM-ROUSEY II

MELBOURNE, Australia —By producing the remarkable upset of Ronda Rousey (above right), Holly Holm has earned the opportunity to duplicate it.

Dana White, the Ultimate Fighting Championship president, said Sunday that he will pursue a rematch between his former champion and the still-unbeaten Holm, who stands as the first —female or male — boxing and UFC champion. "A rematch is what a lot of people want to see," White said after Holm knocked out Rousey in the second round with a devastating left kick to the head that rendered Rousey unconscious and sent her to a hospital for precautionary reasons.

Rousey, 28, was the UFC's unstoppable force until Holm used the former champ's aggression against her to produce one of the sport's biggest upsets. Rousey chased Holm around the ring at UFC 193 on Sunday — looking for the right hold and taking head shots along the way — until Holm saw an opening 59 seconds into the second round and snapped a kick to the head that dropped Rousey to the canvas.

An ecstatic Holm (10-0) jumped around the ring amid the roar of a stunned, record UFC crowd of 56,214. Rousey, a former judo Olympian, was unbeaten through 12 UFC fights before facing Holm, and a win would have been her seventh title defense. Instead, Holm, a 34-year-old veteran boxer from Albuquerque, N.M., has the bantamweight title. "We figured her aggression was coming, if it didn't that's okay, but with footwork and my career we figured she wouldn't give me that space," Holm said. "There's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but it was all worth it."

Rousey left the stadium to receive treatment for a concussion and facial cuts after the loss and skipped the postfight news conference. "Obviously she's completely bummed out and depressed," White said. Holm said the victory was "one of those moments that you live for."

TENNIS

Djokovic continues roll

Novak Djokovic stretched his winning streak to 15 straight at the ATP finals, beating Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1 in London. The world No. 1 has not lost at the season-ending event since 2011. In the round-robin group's other match, Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2. Federer faces Djokovic on Tuesday, and Berdych plays Nishikori. Djokovic has won 38 straight matches indoors, a streak stretching to 2012.

MORE TENNIS: Defending champion Czech Republic clinched its fourth Fed Cup title in five years after Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova won the decisive doubles match in Prague against the Russian pair of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina.

ET CETERA

SPEED SKATING: Brittany Bowe of Ocala broke the world record in the women's 1,500 meters, and Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov topped the mark in the men's 500 at a World Cup event in Calgary. On Saturday, Bowe broke her world mark in the 1,000, but teammate Heather Bergsma topped her in the next pairing. "Falling just short of the gold and world record (Saturday) definitely put some extra motivation in my body," Bowe, 27, said.

SOCCER: Gaston Cellerino had a hat trick to lead the New York Cosmos over the Ottawa Fury 3-2 and win the club's seventh NASL title and second Soccer Bowl trophy in the past three years before 10,166 in Hempstead, N.Y.

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