14 seconds. That is how long it took for Ronda Rousey to carve her name a little bit deeper into the UFC record books at UFC 184.
Already having defended the UFC Women’s B
The pressure to perform at a high level only increased when the scheduled main event between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort was scrapped due to an injury suffered by Weidman. This propelled Rousey into the main event, a position she was comfortable in after headlining twice before.
Rousey’s opponent, Cat Zingano, entered the matchup on an impressive run of her own. Zingano was riding high after three straight stoppages over Raquel Pennington, Meisha Tate, and Amanda Nunes. She was widely considered Rousey’s toughest test to date and what ensued was another star-making performance for “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Fitting, considering the event took place in Los Angeles, in front of Hollywood’s eyes.
Of course, Rousey entered the cage with her trademark intense stare and showed why she is amongst the greatest champions in UFC history, male or female.
It was Zingano’s early aggression that turned out to be her undoing. She rushed Rousey within seconds of the opening bell and attempted a flying knee. The champion used that momentum to take Zingano to the ground where she was able to lock in her trademark armbar for the victory.
The win cemented Rousey as the most feared fighter in the women’s bantamweight division and put her in the conversation for the title of “Baddest Woman On The Planet.”
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