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:
Sorry, that's champ. The champ wins.— Josh Gross (@JoshGrossESPN) December 29, 2013
As the fight progressed, Iain Kidd questioned Tate's tactics:
Miesha just took Ronda down, now she's in her guard. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? WHY?— Iain Kidd (@iainkidd) December 29, 2013
BloodyElbow's Brent Brookhouse was surprised with Tate's ability to take the champ down:
Tate with a takedown. This is crazy intense.— Brent Brookhouse (@brentbrookhouse) December 29, 2013
Adam King chimed in, and things got a little weird:
Why am I so turned on right now #UFC168— Adam King (@VickVinegar_99) December 29, 2013
Thankfully, CagePotato entered and restored order:
STOP INITIATING TAKEDOWNS. IT HASN'T WORKED AT ALL!— CagePotato.com (@cagepotatomma) December 29, 2013
After the finish, Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter summarized Rousey's refusal to shake Tate's hand:
Miesha offers her hand and Ronda curses at her and walks away.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) December 29, 2013
Luke Thomas commented on Rousey's throws, which sometimes sent Tate crashing on top of her:
Yo, Rousey crashes to the mat WITH Tate AND on top of her. That HUUUUURTS.— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) December 29, 2013
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:
Wow, didn't expect such a quick tap.— James MacDonald (@JimMacDonaldMMA) December 29, 2013
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:
Why’s it mandatory 2 shake some1s hand if u dnt like ‘em? Dumb. Ballsport players act like fuckin babies routinely but when a girl does it…— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) December 29, 2013
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.