Go here for video highlights of the Strikeforce main event featuring Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.
The proceedings came to an excruciating halt at 4:27 of the opening stanza, courtesy of Rousey’s trademark armbar submission which hurt the arm of “Takedown” Tate, thus handing the 25-year-old “Rowdy” the women’s bantamweight title.
Rousey headed into the bout riding a four-fight win streak and with as many armbar submissions to boot. Furthermore, she had taken all of two minutes and 18 seconds to accomplish the aforementioned victories.
However, in this matchup, things were slightly different, as she was locking horns with an experienced MMA practitioner in Tate (12-3 MMA, 5-2 SF) who also possessed good grappling skills, as well as being the reigning 135-pound champion.
The fight itself was explosive from start to finish, with both women gaining the upper hand on several occasions; however, it was Rousey’s overwhelming desire to win, coupled with her judo skill set, that were the overriding factors in this now-legendary throwdown.
The armbar submission was her fifth in her five professional career outings, and with the win over the No. 3 ranked female fighter in the world, Rousey (5-0 MMA, 3-0 SF) must now be mentioned in the same breath as the crème de la crème of female mixed martial artists the world over.
Rousey’s next fight could be a title defense against Sarah Kaufman, who won a majority decision against Alexis Davis in the preliminary-card event.
For now, the brash Californian will bask in the glory of capturing Strikeforce gold.
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