UFC 170 was a historic event, as it was the first time two Olympians squared off inside the cage against each other. Ronda Rousey, the current bantamweight champ and bronze medalist in Judo, was looking to keep her impressive winning streak alive against Sara McMann, the Olympic silver medalist in wrestling.
Everyone knew Rousey was looking for the armbar, and many felt that Sara would be able to keep the fight standing. But who would have thought Rousey would have been able to use her striking to get the finish? She did just that, landing a vicious knee to the liver of Sara. Rousey’s unfortunate opponent dropped immediately after the shot, and despite being a little bit premature, the ref Herb Dean decided to step in. It was an early stoppage, which was bizarre because Herb let a fight go way too long between TJ Waldburger and Mike Pyle earlier in the night.
Rousey is now 9-0 in her fighting career, and she’s proving to be one of the most dominant champions and biggest draws the UFC has under their roster. Rousey made it look easy tonight, and it seems like she is getting better with every fight. It’s unfortunate for Sara, as she wasn’t able to showcase the skills that she has, particularly with her wrestling. Hopefully she regroups from this loss and comes back stronger in her next fight.
Rousey is the most dominant fighter in the history of women’s fighting, and not only is her ground game lethal, her striking is becoming something to fear as well.