Even crazier, she had to go to the *gasp* third round.
...And the champ still ended her affair via armbar.
While the fight lasted longer than any in Rousey's career, the ending was familiar, and Tate was victimized (again) as she took on the sport's finest female combatant at 135 pounds.
After the two female standouts faced off as coaches in an intense and heated season of The Ultimate Fighter, their showdown at UFC 168 was hotly anticipated, a fact reflected on Twitter.
Let's see what some of the sport's finest fighters, analysts and fans thought of the rematch between Rousey and Tate.
Before the fight started, Josh Gross had his picked locked in:
As the fight progressed, Iain Kidd questioned Tate's tactics:
BloodyElbow's Brent Brookhouse was surprised with Tate's ability to take the champ down:
Adam King chimed in, and things got a little weird:
Thankfully, CagePotato entered and restored order:
After the finish, Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter summarized Rousey's refusal to shake Tate's hand:
Luke Thomas commented on Rousey's throws, which sometimes sent Tate crashing on top of her:
B/R's James MacDonald pointed out Tate's quick tap. In their first bout, Tate refused to tap, opting to see her arm snap in half rather instead:
UFC welterweight standout Demian Maia enjoyed the fight, and he congratulated both fighters:
After Rousey refused to shake Tate's hand post-fight, UFC welterweight Jason High commented on the etiquette of the sport:
Rousey is still the queen of MMA, folks. Love her or hate her, her game is for real, and her and her vicious armbar reigns supreme.