Ronda Rousey, who didn’t considered herself to be the UFC women’s 135 lb champion prior to her debut, “officially” claimed the title on Saturday when she fought and defeated former marine Liz Carmouche.
Carmouche had Rousey in trouble early in the bout when she wrestled her way onto the former Olympians back and attempted to the finish the fight with a rear-naked choke. Rousey resisted, so Carmoche switched over to a neck crank, but Rousey used her heart to withstand the pain long enough to find an escape to Carmouche’s bodylock. From here, the champion shook her opponent off, climbed on top, and went for the armbar.
After yanking on Carmouche’s arm and hammerfisting several times, Rousey eventually extended the arm, forcing her opponent to tap at 4:49 of the first round.
With their great display of the warrior spirit, Rousey and Carmouche showed all of the doubters that women can perform in the main event –let alone in the UFC- and that WMMA is here to stay.
“Pretty amazing moment in time tonight Rousey vs Carmouche #UFC157,” Sean Shelby tweeted.
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