Ronda Rousey Wins in 49 Seconds, Likely Headed to Strikeforce Next
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
Pictures from the Fight: