Strikeforce: Ronda Rousey armbars Miesha Tate in Round 1Posted on March 3, 2012, 11:38 PM by Anton Gurevich
Ronda Rousey is now the new Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion, after an impressive performance against Miesha Tate in tonight's main event, and another first round armbar victory.
The fight opened with Rousey and Tate exchanging punches, looking to get out all the mutual hatred gathered from the build-up for the fight. Rousey was first to respond with a hip toss that got her straight into full mount. From there, the challenger tried to secure her trademark armbar maneuver, but Miesha Tate refused to tap.
It's important to note Tate's toughness. Most of the fighters would tap out to Rousey's first armbar attempt. Tate's elbow was twisted in unnatural angle, but the former champ proved she has the spirit of a true warrior.
Ronda Rousey continued to dominate the action after her first submission attempt. Miesha Tate tried to respond with strikes and clinch at the fence, but another Judo throw from Rousey created a deja-vu type of moment with another armbar attempt. This time it was fully locked, as Miesha Tate's elbow was twisted 90 degrees in the wrong direction.
Tate couldn't take the pain any longer, and finally tapped out at the 4:36 minute mark of Round 1.
Ronda Rousey is now 5-0 in her MMA campaign, all victories via first round armbar. Rousey proved she's for real, and will look to defend her title for the first time, most likely against the former champion Sarah Kaufman.
What a fight.