March 4, 2012 by staff
Ronda Rousey, On Saturday, March 3, Ronda Rousey submitted Miesha Tate via arm bar to win the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title. Rousey moves to 5-0 in her career, with all of her victories coming by submission.
Rousey entered the match as the strong favorite to win the title, but she had quite a few doubters in the MMA community. This was her first attempt at bantamweight, and none of her previous professional fights had lasted longer than 49 seconds. No one really knew how good Rousey was until this fight.
Judging from the main event introductions, it seemed as though Tate was at a disadvantage from the start. When the two fighters faced each other just before the first round started, there was something on Tate’s face that few people have seen before: intimidation. That doesn’t mean she was afraid of Rousey, but there was definitely something different about Tate for this fight. Meanwhile, Rousey was intense and focused. She could barely contain herself as both fighters went through introductions. Clearly, Rousey was ready for war.
Yet it was Tate who pressed the action early. When the bell rang, she charged at Rousey and landed some power strikes, which seemed to catch the challenger off-guard. Not wanting to engage Tate standing up, Rousey secured a takedown and immediately transitioned into an arm bar. Tate freed herself and got back to her feet. She immediately started landing some punches on her opponent, but Rousey managed to get Tate to the ground again with a fantastic judo throw.
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