UFC 168: Rousey vs. Tate 2 Round-by-Round Recap and Analysis

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

UFC 168: Rousey vs. Tate 2 Round-by-Round Recap and Analysis

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    The biggest fight in women's MMA has come and gone and while Miesha Tate did some good work resisting, but in the end would fall all the same, tapping to a Ronda Rousey armbar in the third round.

    It was the longest fight of Rousey's career and quite possibly the most exciting to this point. The champ utilized her world-class Judo to great effect, working Tate over through all three rounds and working for submissions the entire time.

    Tate, to her credit, survived a long while and escaped from some very difficult positions but ultimately couldn't hold out forever.

Round 1

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    Ronda clinches almost immediately after throwing some hands and is throwing with anger. She lands some solid punches, and starts working knees against the cage. Rousey takes her down and busts her up further. Tate locks up a solid armbar, but Rousey lifts her to slam, but instead shakes her off and lands some solid ground and pound. 

    Tate explodes out of the position and shoots on a single, winding up in top position. Ronda lands some good shots from underneath. Rousey hints at an armbar but Miesha defends well and escapes.

    Miesha charges back in and lands some solid hands, but gets taken down by Ronda who once again hints at a submission. Ronda lets her back up and Miesha once again charges right in and Rousey lands an amazing throw.

    Miesha once again gets up, and the two clinch. The two continue until the buzzer. Great fight so far.

    10-9 Ronda Rousey

Round 2

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    Ronda scores another big takedown with her judo, but is forced to back off when she starts firing off upkicks. Miesha shoots and once again gets tossed without incident. Ronda once again lets her back up, but takes her right back down.

    Rousey has back position and lands punches as Tate works back to her feet. The champ continues working punches against the cage but gets thrown down hard by Rousey.

    Tate works for a sub from the bottom and does a great job contorting Rousey, but can't get anything and Rousey in mount and instantly works on an armbar. It looks very bad but Miesha miraculously escapes. Ronda maintains top position and gets a reverse triangle, eating elbows to the ribs the entire time. 

    Ronda maintains the position for about a minute, roughing Tate up the entire way. A great showing by the champ.

    10-9 Ronda Rousey

Round 3

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    The two come out swinging and Tate looks much more tired than earlier. Rousey clinches her to the cage and starts working punches and works for a takedown. 

    She sort of gets it, but winds up in an awkward position that puts her in perfect position for her armbar. She extends it, gets it and forces a tap from Tate.

    An absolutely excellent fight, and a classic performance by Rousey.