It only took 14 seconds for Ronda Rousey to thwart what was supposed to be her toughest challenge to date.
Rousey took advantage of an over-exuberant Cat Zingano and quickly extinguished the fire that the challenger brought into the Octagon.
Zingano tried to begin the fight with a running knee. Bad idea. Rousey sidestepped the attack, took Zingano down and tapped her out via her trademark arm bar. It was that quick and simple. There's really nothing else to analyze.
Even Rousey seemed amazed at how quickly she stamped out Zingano's challenge. In the post-fight interview, she wasted no time naming her next potential challengers. Rousey mentioned Holly Holm, who won in the co-feature and Bethe Correia who has been calling the champion out for months.
Quite honestly, neither of them stands much of a chance to do any better than Zingano. OK, maybe they last 15 seconds. Fox Sports' Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani marveled at Rousey's most recent victory.
After the loss, Zingano was clearly disappointed and frustrated. Fox Sports caught this quote that properly sums up Zingano's evening.
It was a night filled with first-round finishes. Take a look at the results table below.
Just below the table is a summary of each fight.
|UFC 184 Results|
|UFC Fight Pass Prelims|
|Masio Fullen vs. Alex Torres||Featherweight||Fullen by decision (29-28x2, 28-29)|
|James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro||Lightweight||Lazaro by decision (29-28x2, 28-29)|
|Fox Sports 1 Prelims|
|Derrick Lewis vs. Ruan Potts||Heavyweight||Lewis by second-round TKO|
|Dhiego Lima vs. Tim Means||Welterweight||Means by first-round TKO|
|Roman Salazar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto||Bantamweight||No Contest (Accidental Eye Poke)|
|Mark Munoz vs. Roan Carneiro||Middleweight||Carneiro by submission in first round (rear-naked choke)|
|PPV Main Card|
|Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau||Lightweight||Ferguson by first-round submission (rear-naked choke)|
|Alan Jouban vs. Richard Walsh||Welterweight||Jouban by first-round KO|
|Jake Ellenberger vs. Josh Koscheck||Welterweight||Ellenberger by second-round submission (ninja choke)|
|Raquel Pennington vs. Holly Holm||Women's Bantamweight||Holm by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)|
|(c) Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano||Women's Bantamweight||Rousey by first-round submission (arm bar)|
|Fight Pass, Fox Sports 1 and PPV Broadcast|
Fullen Squeaks by Torres
Masio Fullen out-landed Alex Torres 61-40 in significant strikes to eek out a split-decision victory in the first preliminary bout of the night. Torres had his moments in the first round, and Fullen looked to be hurt at one point, but he rebounded in the second and third frames to control the action.
Mike Dyce of FanSided lauds Fullen's comeback skills:
This was a spirited bout, but Fullen owned the most decisive moments after the first round. Neither man can be considered a rising star in the featherweight division, but together they kicked off the evening nicely.
Lazaro Wins Tough Bout over Krause
Another close Fight Pass prelim bout gave hardcore fans a second exciting fight to whet their appetites for the bigger bouts. Valmir Lazaro won the split decision, but James Krause might have a legitimate beef with the judges.
There were no takedowns in the fight, and Krause landed more significant strikes in all but one round. Granted, the numbers in that category were deadlocked at 87, but Krause had the edge in overall strikes 98-87.
Perhaps a draw would have been in order here.
Lewis Pounds Potts
Derrick Lewis made a nice recovery from his first UFC loss back in Sept. 2014 against the resurgent Matt Mitrione. Lewis laid waste to an overmatched Ruan Potts with destructive power shots and methodical ground-and-pound.
Potts attempted to clamp on a leg lock on Lewis in the first round, but he couldn't finish the deal.
By the second round, Potts was both exhausted and hurt from the shots he absorbed. Lewis gained full mount, and the fight was mercifully ended by the referee.
Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting took Potts' corner to task for letting its fighter continue when he had already conceded defeat on the stool:
Means is Too Much for Lima
Dhiego Lima may have a nice future in the sport, but he was clearly not ready for Tim Means on Saturday night. The man known as "The Dirty Bird" displayed a varied and dangerous array of strikes that put Lima in peril minutes into the fight.
The end began with some short elbows in the clinch. A well-placed knee put Lima on his knees. He struggled to his feet, but he never seemed to gain his wherewithal.
Bleacher Report MMA was complimentary of Means' performance, per Al-Shatti:
After the bout, Means sent a message to the welterweight division:
Accidental Eye Poke Ends Salazar vs. Yamamoto
Well, that ended abruptly. In a fight that featured three eye pokes, the last one injured Roman Salazar's eye and led to the fight being ruled a no-contest.
Salazar caught Norifumi Yamamoto in the eye earlier in the fight, but the Japanese legend was able to continue. Yamamoto poked Salazar in the eye shortly after the initial foul. Salazar shook that one off, but he couldn't recover from the second instance.
Carneiro Chokes Out Munoz
In a quick and dominating return performance to the UFC, Roan Carneiro finished Mark Munoz via rear-naked choke just 3:20 into the fight.
Carneiro almost immediately looked for a submission via guillotine. Munoz slipped out of the first attempt, but he gave up his back in the process. Carneiro wasted no time locking in the rear-naked choke that put Munoz to sleep.
In case you don't know who Carneiro is, Marc Raimondi of MMA Fighting gives some background:
While Carneiro's performance was impressive, I personally would be interesting in hearing referee Jerin Valel's explanation for his late stoppage in this one. Several people in the MMA community felt the same way. Fox Sports and former UFC fighter Kenny Florian and FanSided MMA give their thoughts:
You could clearly see Carneiro telling Valel that Munoz was out. Heck, everyone in the arena and at home saw Munoz's eyes roll to the back of his head. Valel was two feet away from the action, what was he looking at?
Referee brain farts can be dangerous in MMA.
Ferguson Dispatches Tibau in Impressive Fashion
When you consider the level of competition, Tony Ferguson's first-round submission victory over Gleison Tibau was the most impressive of the night up to that point in the evening. Tibau is one of the winningest fighters in the history of the UFC and Ferguson made the win look easy.
It started with excellent striking as El Cucuy used his excellent length to daze Tibau with a shot behind the ear. Ferguson snapped Tibau down to the mat and quickly took his back.
From there he locked the hooks in and clamped down with the rear-naked choke. Tibau tapped quickly and congratulated the up-and-coming Ferguson before rising out of the compromising position.
Josh Gross of Sherdog and Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting were impressed with Ferguson's performance:
The win was his fifth straight and should move Ferguson into the Top 10 in the welterweight division.
Jouban Obliterates Walsh
The fight was competitive for the first minute, but Alan Jouban landed a nasty elbow to Richard Walsh's temple. Walsh's legs immediately went from under him. Instinctively, Walsh jumped to his feet, but he was out of it.
Jouban landed a few shots before referee John McCarthy stepped in to call a halt to the bout.
MMA Fighting and Fox Sports' Ariel Helwani had kind words for Jouban:
Fox Sports' Karyn Bryant had high praise for Jouban; she talked to him before his impressive win on Saturday night:
Ellenberger Wins First UFC Fight by Submission
Jake Ellenberger usually wins his fights with his big right hand, but on Saturday he used a ninja choke to take down Josh Koscheck in the second round.
The fight was pretty boring through a little over a round as Koscheck seemed a little hesitant to engage in stand-up exchanges. Instead, Koscheck sought to go back to his roots as a world-class wrestler.
Ellenberger impressively stuffed all but one of the attempts. The last attempt led to Koscheck's demise. With a powerful guillotine to start off the sequence, Ellenberger transitioned to the finishing maneuver to gain the win.
Koscheck tried to escape—even foaming at the mouth in the process (graphic image per In My MMA Opinion)—but he had to tap out. Bleacher Report's Jonathan Snowden chimed in on the gruesome finish:
That was pretty disgusting.
Holm Makes Her Successful UFC Debut
It wasn't perfect, but the much-hyped Holly Holm showed promise in her UFC debut. She defeated Raquel Pennington via split decision. Holm used her superior length, excellent takedown defense and movement to out-strike Pennington.
It'll be a while before she's ready to challenge Rousey, but she definitely has an exciting athletic base.
After tonight's main event, Holm can't be in a hurry to face Rousey.
All stats per UFC.com.
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