MMAFrenzy’s coverage of tonight’s UFC 168 fight card continues with our recap of tonight’s co-main event fight between women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and rival Miesha Tate. The first of two title fights would not see the bout change hands as Rousey defeated Tate via arm bar for the second time.
Rousey Armbars Tate, Again
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would stay perfect tonight against Miiesha Tate at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. While there was plenty of excitement both in the crowd and on social media, Rousey’s constant pressure gave Tate very few opportunities to mount much offense as she was outstruck 134 to 28 and taken down six times to her one takedown. Rousey sought the finish early and often before finally securing the finish in the third round.
The bout was the longest of Rousey’s career but still allowed her to improve her streak to eight straight armbar finishes, putting her just shy of Giva Santana’s incredible streak of ten straight armbar finishes. The champion will now face number one contender Cat Zingano some time in 2014. The two were originally supposed to meet as the coaches of TUF 18 before Zingano was forced out with a knee injury.
The future is a bit more hazy for Miesha Tate after suffering her second UFC loss and her second loss to Rousey in as many tries. While the TUF 18 coach made many fans for her less abrasive than Rousey performance on the reality show, the second loss to “Rowdy” could put her out of the title picture for the time being.
Rd. 1- Rd. 1- No touch of gloves tonight. Miesha comes out throwing bombs but misses on most of them. Ronda with a throw but Miesha stands and takes some damage before she’s clinched against the cage. Rousey with a lot of strikes here and finally Miesha breaks free before getting taken down again. Rousey stays standing as she lands some strikes and Tate tries a triangle before getting slammed. Tate scrambles to a takedown but shes taking damage from Ronda. Triangle position by Ronda and she is landing a lot of strikes before Ronda switches to a triangle and Tate bails. Hard strikes by both fighters before Ronda lands a gorgeous throw into mount. Tate scrambles though and Rousey gets back to her feet. Tate with a takedown but she gets launched again. Tate stands and eats a headkick on the way up. Punch by Tate lands but not much is done as she ends up stuck in the clinch until just before the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Rousey.
Rd. 2- Hard combo by Rousey to start the round. Tate with a right but she is swept. Upkicks by Tate force Rousey out but Tate is taken down again off a shot. Rousey with a single leg takedown now. Rousey with punches and knees against the cage. Tate is back up now but Rousey is the one landing all the strikes. Big knee by Ronda. Nasty throw by Ronda and she is in side control. Tate throws her legs over but Rousey uses it to mount Tate. Punches by Rousey now and Tate gives up her back. Armbar by Rousey just misses and she is ripping Tate from backside mount. Ronda has an inverted triangle now and Tate is fighting as hard as she can but she is getting blasted. MMAFrenzy has it 10-8 Rousey.
Rd. 3- Good combo by Rousey to start the round and she drives Tate to the cage. Rousey with double unders now. Ronda tries a viper and secures an armbar with a spiderweb. Tate is simply spent and she taps as her arm is extended again. Tate goes to shake Ronda’s hand but Rousey has none of it.
Result: Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) at 0:58 of Round 3
Referee: Mario Yamasaki