In the UFC 168 co-main event, UFC woman's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey defended the title against former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Meisha Tate. Rousey coached opposite of Tate in the Ultimate Fighter season 18. Of course that show only fueled the mutual dislike between Rousey and Tate and set up the rematch between the two as one of the biggest fights in the history of woman's MMA.
Rousey and Tate have been in a bitter feud since the first time they every saw one another, or at least it seems that way. Some people will never like one another and the feud between the two embodies the fact that these two will never even be cordial.
Both Rousey and Tate came out aggressive early. While the fight was very entertaining and exciting, Rousey controlled a majority of the fight with her world class Judo and superior grappling technique. It seemed no matter where Tate tried to impose her will that Rousey would always turn the tide with a throw or sweep from the ground.
The end came at the 0:58 second mark of the third round when Rousey was able to secure an armbar for the submission victory. Tate did a solid job throughout the fight of working her way out of various attempts at the armbar and other submissions from Rousey but Rousey was able to eventually score her eighth consecutive professional victory by armbar.
Following the fight, Tate extended her hand to Rousey but was turned down much to the dismay of the crowd who covered Rousey in boo's. Rousey told Joe Rogan during the post-fight interview that she could not shake Tate's hand because of the disrespect she showed her coaches during the Ultimate Fighter taping.
“Once you insult my family, I can’t shake your hand.” Rousey told Rogan.
The fight was a great fight. Both Rousey and Tate received a $75,000.00 bonus from the UFC for the 'Fight of the Night' award. Rousey pulled in another $75,000.00 for 'Submission of the Night.'
During the post-fight press conference it was announced by Dana White that Rousey would defend the UFC women's bantamweight title against Sara McMann at UFC 170. Following the win over Tate, Rousey is eager to fight again.
“I don’t want to sit on the shelf. I’m in the best shape of my life, so it’s the perfect time to go back-to-back." Rousey said during the post-fight press conference. "I’m still hungry and that’s what I want to do. Hopefully I’ll have another good show for you guys very soon.”
Rousey showed again that she is at a level above most other competitors in her division. With only eight fights in her professional career, Rousey's Judo and grappling skill is at a different level from anyone else in the division. The gap between her and other fighters is so great that even an arguably more well-rounded fighter like Tate, really never had much of a chance.
UFC 168 aired last night live on pay per view from the MGM Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.