Ronda Rousey – New StrikeForce Champion
Fans had something to cheer about Saturday night, March 3rd, 2012 as the quick upstart, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey defeated Miesha “Takedown” Tate to become the new women’s bantamweight champion. An Olympic bronze medalist in Judo, Rousey began her pro MMA start only a year ago and now holds the belt from 5-year veteran Tate. Noted for her solid armbars, many of Rousey’s fans knew that it would just be a matter of time before Tate would get caught.
Tate came out swinging but eventually fell to “The Armbar” at 4:27 of the first round. The extent of the elbow hyper-extension is still playing on the people’s minds but as Tate said, “…I came here to fight.”
About Tate, Rousey had this to say:
“She was much more savvy on the ground than I had anticipated… She’s good, she’s legit, but I don’t feel that bad about the armbar finish.”
Ronda Rousey, if she hasn’t already, has (in many’s eyes – and almost “overnight”) become “The Face” of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts. She will deny it and say that Gina Carano still holds that mantle – but the wicked truth is that “Rowdy” is here to stay and is truly making her mark… and in remarkable fashion.
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