Miesha Tate (12-3) and Ronda Rousey (5-0) entered the Hexagon for what would result in one of the most epic showdowns in women's mixed martial arts history.
When the opening bell sounded, it was Tate who came out of the gate swinging for the fences but Rousey would survive the early series of strikes.
After using her experience in judo to place Tate on her back, Rousey attempted her first of two armbar submissions.
To the surprise of many, Tate was able to scramble out and get back on her feet, as Rousey had already endured the longest bout of her career once the clock struck one minute.
Then, with just under a minute remaining in Round 1, Rousey would place Tate in yet another armbar—only this time connecting.
The bout was stopped at 4:27 of the opening frame as the world exploded in excitement after Rousey became Strikeforce's newest bantamweight champion.
No. 1 bantamweight contender and future Ultimate Fighter coach Urijah Faber responds to Rousey's armbar submission.
Ooouucchhh!!— Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) March 4, 2012
Former Division I wrestler at Penn State University and current Top 10 UFC light heavyweight Phil Davis weighs in with his thoughts.
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!— Phil Davis (@PhilMrWonderful) March 4, 2012
Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson shows overwhelming excitement following Rousey's victory by yet another armbar.
OOOOOOMMMMMGGGGG RONDA ROUSEY IS SSSIIIIIICK......ANOTHER ARM TAKIN— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) March 4, 2012
Yahoo's finest, Kevin Iole, expresses his thoughts following one of the greatest bouts in women's mixed martial arts history.
That was a sensational, sensational fight. What a performance by both women. Holy cow— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) March 4, 2012
All things related MMA goes off on Tate's boyfriend Bryan Caraway, who had plenty of things to say prior to Rousey becoming the newest bantamweight champion.
CARAWAY YOU'RE NEXT!— n3rdgazm (@n3rdgazmcom) March 4, 2012
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