The dominant Ronda Rousey continued her path of destruction in the UFC women’s bantamweight division by producing a stunning effort at UFC 175. “Rowdy” raised her seemingly flawless game to a new level in Las Vegas by destroying Alexis Davis in just 16 seconds to retain her crown. It was an even more impressive effort than Rousey’s 66-second dismantling of Sara McMann in her previous title defense at UFC 170. She collected a Performance of the Night bonus in defending her belt for a fourth time.
Rousey improved to 10-0 with the victory and all of those wins have been by submission or knockout. Rousey is simply in a league of her own at the moment after making ridiculously short work of the No. 2 contender. The champion rose to prominence with her first-round armbar victories, but has now added an improved striking game to her arsenal. Only Miesha Tate has managed to make it out of the first round against Rousey.
Rousey lived up to her superstar status by rocking the Canadian challenger with a right hand in the early seconds of the fight. She followed with a knee to the body and a throw of Davis that left her in a very vulnerable position. Rousey landed several punches to the face of her already dazed opponent and the fight was be halted. It was Davis’ first setback inside the Octagon after recording three-straight wins. She fell to 16-6 and was quick to find out that facing Rousey is a completely different animal.
Any talk of Rousey possibly fighting again next month at UFC 176 in Los Angeles has been muted after the champion required nine stitches in her right hand. Rousey also talked about having to undergo future knee surgery.
It’ll be interesting to see what lies ahead for the champion. It would seem as though Cat Zingano and Gina Carano might be two names to consider for Rousey’s next title defense. The No. 1 ranked Zingano is getting ready to return to action after an injury-related absence, while the UFC and Carano still have work to do in finalizing a contract. Rousey has made it known that a fight against Carano is one that she’s always wanted.
Rousey’s fame continues to soar as an active and marketable UFC champion, and because of her busy Hollywood acting career. The impressive demolition of Davis will only increase Rousey’s rock-star status.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.