“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey defended her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Liz Carmouche Saturday night by submission at 4:49 in the first round, with an armbar. Carmouche surprisingly put up a very good fight, but in the end Rousey’s elite ground game was too much for the ex-Marine.
This was the first Women’s fight in the history of the UFC, and it did not disappoint. Carmouche had Rousey caught in a standing rear-naked choke that turned into a severe face crank. Rousey looked to be in some serious trouble, but fought her way out of the hold and eventually got in position for her specialty, the armbar. Working hard for over a minute to release Carmouche’s grip, Rousey finally got her armbar in, and the challenger immediately tapped out. This win improves Rousey’s MMA record to 7-0, all of her matches have ended in the first round via the armbar.
Unfortunately, in her post match interview with Joe Rogan, Rousey said, “Next time, bigger bra,” because those of us that were watching live almost got a real nice show that you usually only see at your local strip joint. All in all, it was a very successful night for Rousey, who proved that she most definitely deserves the intense media attention that she has received. I for one am very excited to watch the career of Ronda Rousey unfold.
In the other matches tonight, Lyoto Machida defeated Dan Henderson in a split decision. Machida will now most likely face off against Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight Championship. Urijah Faber defeated Ivan Menjivar with a rear-naked choke at 4:31 in the first round. Court McGee convincingly took down Josh Neer in a unanimous decision, and Robbie Lawler knocked out Josh Koscheck in the first round.