Power Ranking Ronda Rousey's Armbar Stoppages

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2013

Power Ranking Ronda Rousey's Armbar Stoppages

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    This weekend at UFC 156, Ronda Rousey makes history as she is the first woman to headline a UFC event. She will defend her championship belt when she takes on Liz Carmouche.

    Rousey has made a name for herself with her mouth and performances in the ring. In six professional bouts, she has won with six first-round armbars.

    As her fight approaches, let's take a look at her six wins and power rank them. Only professional bouts are considered.

6. Charmaine Tweet at KOTC 12

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    In her second professional fight, Ronda Rousey met up with Charmaine Tweet at KOTC 12. What ensued was one of her many works of marvel on the ground.

    Tweet was making her pro MMA debut and to this day holds just a 2-3 record. The two young fighters were an even matchup at this point in their careers, but Rousey showed who the vastly superior fighter was.

    The fight lasted just 49 seconds, and Tweet had her arm damn-near ripped off.

5. Ediane Gomes at KOTC 9

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    Ediane Gomes is currently one of the top featherweight female fighters in the world, but she has hit a snag or two in her career. One of those snags was Ronda Rousey.

    Vastly experienced and taking on Rousey in her pro debut, Gomes had no answer to the onslaught that was Rousey. Rousey's debut lasted just 25 seconds, and she had Gomes tapping to her patented armbar.

4. Sarah Kaufman at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman

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    In Ronda Rousey's latest outing, she took on a huge test when she met longtime veteran Sarah Kaufman. Many in the MMA media deemed this fight a difficult task due to Kaufman's experience and striking, which could have given the champ problems.

    Rousey quickly ended talks of a tough fight when she snagged Kaufman's arm and looked to take it home in just 54 seconds. She retained her title and proved she is the best in the world right now.

3. Sarah D'Alelio at Strikeforce Challengers 18

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    Making her debut at Strikeforce Challengers 18, Ronda Rousey was still relatively unknown in the MMA community. Her test was a scrappy, powerful fighter by the name of Sarah D'Alelio.

    Though the fight had some controversy due to what was deemed a verbal tapout, Rousey nailed a flying armbar on D'Alelio that had her verbally submit. The indication of pain was enough for Steve Mazzagatti to give Rousey the win.

    The win over D'Alelio was a huge occurrence in the judoka's career.

2. Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challengers 20

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    The Submission of the Year in 2011, Ronda Rousey's armbar of Julia Budd can be described in many words. The first word that pops into my head is nasty.

    In just 39 seconds, Rousey attempted to break Budd's arm off her body. She settled for an elbow dislocation that ended the fight and added a vicious submission to Rousey's highlight reel.

1. Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey

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    Ronda Rousey's submission of Miesha Tate to win the Strikeforce women's title was the best performance of her career. This is mostly because it is the first and only time she ever went past the one-minute mark.

    Tate is likely the best opponent she has fought and had wrestling that many people thought would counter her judo. That was not the case, as Rousey tapped out the former champ with a tad over 30 seconds left in the first round.

    It was the first time Rousey was ever put in deep waters—if you consider four minutes into the fight a long time.