LAS VEGAS – UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defended her title against rival Miesha Tate, but her win did not come in the first round, and it was no walk in the park.
After a spirited back-and-forth fight, Rousey secured her patented armbar early in the third round to notch her second win over Tate, whom she took the Strikeforce belt from in March 2012.
The women’s bantamweight title bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC 168 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and MMAjunkie.
While the champion’s performance was dominant, her behavior after the fight wasn’t applauded. Rousey refused to shake Tate’s hand in the cage and was loudly booed by the crowd.
A winded Rousey congratulated Tate for her performance, but added, “Once you insult my family, I can’t shake your hand.”
Rousey displayed a more varied skill-set against Tate, who gamely escaped multiple submission attempts. The two went toe-to-toe on several occasions and traded heavy punches.
On the ground, however, the fight was all Rousey’s as Tate struggled to avoid being submitted. The champ frequently tossed her to the mat and maintained dominant position. Late in the second round, the former Strikeforce champ nearly was choked out by a reverse triangle as she attempted to secure a takedown.
Rousey bullied Tate to the cage in the third round before getting the fight to the mat, where she set up an armbar. An exhausted Tate had no choice but to tap at the 0:58 mark of the round.
“I have nothing bad to say,” Tate said afterward. “She showed up tonight, and I didn’t. I have no excuses. She’s a beter fighter.”
Rousey, an Olympic bronze medalist, said the boos didn’t bother her after several years of international competition.
“I’m much more movitvated at proving people wrong,” she said.
Rousey (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) remains undefeated and earns her second straight UFC victory after a first-round submission of Liz Carmouche in the headliner of UFC 157. Tate (13-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has now dropped back-to-back fights following a TKO loss to Cat Zingano at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
Zingano, who was forced to withdraw from a coaching spot on “The Ultimate Fighter 18” and title fight, is expected to be Rousey’s next title challenger.
Up-to-the-minute UFC 168 results include:
- Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 0:58 Travis Browne def. Josh Barnett via knockout (elbows) – Round 1, 1:00 Jim Miller def. Fabrício Camoes via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:42 Dustin Poirier def. Diego Brandao via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:54 Uriah Hall def. Chris Leben via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00 Michael Johnson def. Gleison Tibau via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:32 Dennis Siver def. Manvel Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) John Howard def. Siyar Bahadurzada via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) William Macario def. Bobby Voelker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Robbie Peralta def. Estevan Payan via knockout (punches) – Round 3, 0:12