UFC 170: Breaking Down Biggest Results of the Card

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

Ronda Rousey, left, hugs her trainer Edmond Tarverdyan after defeating Sara McMann in a UFC 170 mixed martial arts women's bantamweight title fight on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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UFC 170 in Las Vegas was filled with plenty of exciting action and thrilling results.

While Ronda Rousey squaring off with Sara McMann was certain to draw headlines, it was far from the only result on the card that turned heads. 

Let’s dig into a discussion of some of the notable results of the card.


Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann

It was only fitting that two former Olympic medalists made waves at UFC 170 as the 2014 Games were ongoing in Sochi.

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Rousey registered the TKO on McMann to pick up her seventh first-round victory and first win by TKO. Before defeating McMann, all of Rousey’s previous wins had come by armbar.

While Rousey eventually tallied the win, it was McMann who got off to a quick start. She held Rousey off and even got in a few blows of her own, but Rousey landed an impressive elbow right before finishing off McMann with a knee. 

The crowd wasn’t particularly pleased that the referee waved the match at 1:06 in the first. However, it was clear Rousey was the better competitor on the night.


Patrick Cummins vs. Daniel Cormier

Rousey wasn’t the only one to make headlines at UFC 170.

Daniel Cormier extended his perfect record to an impressive 14-0 with a first-round TKO of Patrick Cummins.

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Cummins failed on an early takedown attempt, and Cormier took advantage by landing a number of shots and combinations. The bout was waved at 1:19, giving Cormier a decisive victory over Cummins.

Cormier was pleased with his wins in comments that were passed along by UFC.com: "I feel good because it's my first finish in UFC. Training camp was long and hard and I prepared for a long fight. I'm going to stay in this cycle and be this healthy in every camp.”

Looking ahead, Cormier did enough to break into his new division’s rankings by beating Cummins. 

Cormier was ranked No. 4 at heavyweight and did more than enough to impress in victory at UFC 170.


Stephen Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker

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Stephen Thompson and Robert Whittaker may have been squaring off in a welterweight bout, but it certainly thrilled fans.

Professional MMA fighter Sarah Kaufman apparently predicted the result before it started:

Thompson registered the TKO on Whittaker, but Whittaker performed admirably with his early jabs and boxing prowess. Thompson is known for his kickboxing skills, but Whittaker was able to hold that off early in the match.

However, Thompson eventually settled in and landed an impressive left punch to turn the momentum. That is when Thompson started attacking with hooks and numerous impressive blows, until the match was called at 3:43.