UFC Champion Ronda Rousey earned her 11th armbar victory which wasn’t a surprise. What was is that it happened in the third round.
Miesha Tate blocked five armbar attempts during the nearly 11 minute fight. Rousey was able to take two of the rounds on the scorecards in what was a wild fight from the get go. Tate stuffed some of Rousey’s throws early on, but Rousey would eventually take the fight to the ground. Tate made it hard for Rousey to set up armbars and was able to use scrambles to get back up on her feet in round 1.
We were able to see Rousey land some ground and pound in the second after Tate attempted an armbar of her own. The fight stats showed Rousey out struck Tate with 43 significant strikes in the fight.
Rousey would takedown Tate with a judo throw in third round, with Tate gaining top position. Rousey slid her leg across Tate’s back, took Tate’s left arm and armbarred her at the 58 second mark.
With the win, Rousey goes 8-0 as a pro and retains the UFC bantameweight title. The match won Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses. Tate will get $75,000, while Rousey gets $150,000 total.
The WMMA Press Committee has also decided to nominated the bout for Fight of the Year.
At the post fight press conference, UFC President Dana White announced Sara McMann would be the next challenger for Rousey. The match will main event UFC 170 in Vegas February 22. Cat Zingano, who was set to be the next challenger, is not cleared to fight until at April at the earliest.
McMann (7-0) won her UFC debut this past April over Sheila Gaff, getting her first pro TKO win. She has wins over MMA vets Shayna Baszler and Hitomi Akano.
Rousey stated in the post fight presser she likes the quick turnaround for the fight, siting she wants to fight before taking on any future movie roles.
The will be the first fight between two Olympic medalists. Both McMann (silver in freestyle wrestling) and Rousey (bronze in Judo) were a part of the US Olympic Team in 2006.
The match will air on pay-per-view February 22.
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