Rousey vs. Tate: Ronda Rousey Takes Bantamweight Belt with 5th Straight Armbar

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2012

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Ronda Rousey made quick work of Miesha Tate, forcing her to submit in the very first round and adding to the mystique of her legendary armbar.

Rousey has moved to 5-0 and all five victories have come via armbar. She's established herself as an armbar master and proved her worth against a talented and confident Tate.

It's obvious that Rousey has an extensive martial arts background. She's competed in the Olympics and has an extensive Judo background that makes her lethal to any opponent.

According to Bleacher Report's official MMA Twitter page, Rousey defeated Tate 4:27 into the first round.

#Strikeforce Results: Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate by submission (armbar). Round 1, 4:27 New bantamweight champion #MMA

— Bleacher Report MMA (@BR_MMA) March 4, 2012

All of Rousey's opponents have left themselves vulnerable and she has capitalized on her opponents' mistakes. She's one of the most dangerous women to have ever entered the Octagon and even though her opponents know it's coming, her lethal armbar is impossible to avoid.

At some point it seems she'll have to switch up her game and defeat her opponent with some other method or with her standup game. Even so, nobody has been able to find a way to avoid her uncannily effective armbar thus far, and it's proving impossible to avoid.

A fighter as talented as Tate falling victim to a submission she knew was coming is very telling of how much potential Rousey has going forward. Claiming the bantamweight championship is a great step, and it's clear that her belt isn't going anywhere.

The legend of the Rousey armbar not only lives on, it's got every opponent Rousey has and ever will encounter terrified.