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SAN DIEGO - If Ronda Rousey’s armbar is not yet regarded as the most devastating single move in all of sports, it probably should be.
The Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion ran her professional record to 6-0 Saturday night against former title holder and challenger Sarah Kaufman at the Valley View Casino Center. It was Rousey’s sixth win via first-round submission.
This time, her thus-far-unstoppable armbar forced a tap in just 54 seconds. Kaufman fell to 15-2 in her career with the loss. Each win of Rousey’s has been by armbar.
The less experienced Rousey applied an aggressive approach out of the gate, to which the veteran Kaufman had no time for response.
The fast pace of the match is symbolic of Rousey’s career thus far, as her rise has been meteoric. She needed just five bouts to claim the title, but proving that quick ascent was no flash in the pan was an obvious theme entering Saturday’s match.
“I can’t call myself champion until I defend my belt,” Rousey had said before the fight.
She can indeed start calling herself champion now. And until someone has an answer for her armbar, she will be able to do so for a while.
The next to try is yet to be determined, but if Rousey gets her way it will be Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, who the champion called out in her post-match interview.
By Kyle Kensing | Yahoo! Contributor Network
COLUMBUS, Ohio - (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey used her trademark armbar to dethone Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha (Takedown) Tate in a high-profile women’s MMA main event Saturday night at the Nationwide Arena.
Tate’s arm was bent at an abnormal angle before she finally tapped at four minutes 27 seconds of the first round.
“She’s good, she’s legit but I don’t feel that bad about it,” Rousey said of the nasty submission win.
Rousey, a former Olympic judo bronze medallist who has won all five of her fights in the first round via armbar, is expected to take on former champion Sarah Kaufman of Victoria next.
Tate came out swinging but Rousey tripped her early. Rousey seemed to have locked in the armbar but Tate somehow escaped.
Tate pulled Rousey down and looked to take her back. Rousey scrambled free and got back to her feet.
After a brief exchange on the feet, Rousey used a judo hip toss to take the champion down. Rousey moved into mount, transitioning to an armbar. Tate tried to resist but Rousey got the submission hold and started cranking the arm.
It bent and bent before Tate finally tapped.
“It’s a little sore,” Tate said later of the arm.
Strikeforce had made the most of the looks of Tate (12-3) and Rousey (5-0), bidding to add some glam to the women’s side of the sport.
Rousey’s four previous fights had lasted a total of two minutes 18 seconds.
The only difference this time was that she hung on until there was no doubt.
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey raised her professional record to 4-0 by submitting fellow 145-pounder Julia Budd in the co-main event of Strikeforce Challengers 20 on Saturday in Las Vegas. Rousey got the tapout 39 seconds into the fight with an armbar, the hold that won all of her previous mixed martial arts fights, including three amateur affairs before turning pro in March.
None of Rousey’s fights, pro or amateur, have lasted longer than 57 seconds.
She started this one with another rapid conclusion in mind. Rousey clinched with Budd and pushed her into the cage five seconds after the bout started, got the takedown 11 seconds later and quickly mounted her. Budd employed a standard MMA technique for fighters trapped on the bottom by using her feet to push away from the fence, but it gave Rousey space to isolate her opponent’s right arm and extend it for the submission hold.
Budd rolled in an effort to escape or at least prevent her limb from being stretched, but Rousey converted the hold to a belly-down armbar and torqued the elbow further, then completely dislocated the joint as she rolled back into traditional armbar position. The arm was clearly popped out of the elbow at a painful-looking angle by the time Budd yielded with a tap.
The definitive ending contrasted sharply with Rousey’s August victory against Sarah D’Alelio, who claimed she did not give up even though Rousey and cageside observers heard a cry or yell that the referee interpreted as a verbal submission. The crowd for that bout booed the uncertain nature of the finish.
No one could question the result this time.
“I’m stoked,” Rousey said during her post-fight interview in the cage. “That was really good. I’m glad you guys are cheering for me this time.”
Rousey, who plans to drop down a weight class, called out 135-pound former champion Sarah Kaufman. Although Kaufman hopes for a rematch with titleholder Miesha Tate, Rousey wants to clear her own shot at the belt.
“If Sarah Kaufman’s next in line, please, Strikeforce, let me get a crack at her first,” Rousey said. “I really want to have a title fight against Miesha Tate. I don’t want to take a risk on her losing.”
Kaufman defeated Tate in 2009.
Saturday’s main event took even less time than Rousey-Budd. Lumumba Sayers produced a 28-second stoppage of Antwain Britt, who was dropping to middleweight for the first time after several fights at 205 pounds. After breaking off from a clinch against the fence, Sayers started a flurry of short punches, including two left hooks that landed solidly followed by a right uppercut that snapped Britt’s head and crumpled him to the canvas.
Alhough it was Sayers’ fifth professional win overall, it was his first in Strikeforce and first via knockout after four submission victories. Britt has lost three in a row, two of them by knockout.
Ronda’s fights are becoming very familiar in a good way. The script and outcome seem to be the same. Pro fight #3 was no different. Yes, you guessed it, armbar win in under a minute, 25 seconds to be exact. Even BJ Pen had to be impressed. Ronda improves to 3-0 as a pro MMA Fighter.
Here is how the fight went:
Referee Steve Mazzagatti starts the bout. Rousey doubles up on her jab and clinches immediately. Rousey quickly jumps into an armbar, and Mazzagatti steps in and stops the fight. D’Alelio is not happy, and maybe for good reason. D’Aleio never taps, but the fight is over. Rousey claims that D’Aleio verbally submitted, and her opponent denies it in their in-cage postfight interviews. The official time is 0:25 of round one.
Hard Knocks Fighting Championship held SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS 12 on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Century Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
In the co-main event, Olympic bronze medalist judoka “Rowdy” Ronda Jean Rousey won her second MMA fight in less than a minute with a 49-second armbar submission victory over the MMA-debuting kickboxer Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet. The American Rousey is a fourth-degree black belt in Judo and competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics at just 17-years-old, which made her the youngest judo player in the entire 2004 Olympic Games. Rousey returned to the Olympics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games and won a bronze medal in judo.
Ronda Rousey was recently offered a 4-fight contract in Strikeforce to fight Sarah D’Alelio as a late replacement for Gina Carano at STRIKEFORCE: OVEREEM VS WERDUM. Unfortunately, Charmaine Tweet’s manager Cord Crowthers refused to allow Rousey out of her contract to fight Tweet. So instead of fighting in Strikeforce in Dallas this weekend, Rousey took a trip up north to Calgary and and made very quick work of Tweet. It’s never a good idea to piss off an Olympic judoka and Tweet learned that lesson the hard way – fitting for a School of Hard Knocks event. Hopefully the Strikeforce offer still stands and the next time we see Rousey fight, it’ll be under the Zuffa banner.
Here is how the fight went down:
Rousey scored a quick trip takedown early on, but wound up on the bottom. Tweet stood up and Rousey followed. Tweet landed two solid punches as Rousey pushed forward, but Rousey clinched again and used a judo throw to take the fight back down to the mat. She moved to mount and landed punches, then spun into an armbar on Tweet’s right arm. Tweet tapped out immediately.
Winner: Ronda Rousey by Submission (Armbar) at 0:49 of round one. She improves to 2-0-0.
Ronda defeated Ediana Gomes in her last fight on March, 27th by first round armbar. She has yet to lose an MMA match going 3-0 as an amateur, she has also never been out of the first round in and all her wins are by armbar.
The numbers are astonishing:
5 Wins via Armbar
Longest Fight: 57 SECONDS
Total Fight Time: 2:57
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