This Saturday Ronda Rousey will look to defend her bantamweight world title against the very woman she took it from last year, Miesha Tate. Rousey will be looking to settle the long rivalry between the pair, following a season aside Tate coaching on The Ultimate Fighter 18.
The two fought for Tate’s Strikforce 135lb. title back in March 2012. Tate was looking to defend her bantamweight belt for the first time since taking it from Marloes Coenen the year prior. Rousey was making her bantamweight debut following a submission win over Julia Budd, which earned her submission of the year.
The fight was Rousey’s toughest test to date. After being rocked early on in the fight, Rousey was able to pull off another incredible first round armbar win.
In February, at UFC 157, the UFC made history as it featured the company’s first ever women’s bout. The last bantamweight champion of Strikeforce, Rousey, took on former U.S Marine and Invicta FC standout Liz Carmouche.
The UFC acquired women’s division when it purchased Strikeforce back in March 2011. The women made their official debut in the UFC at the 157 card in February this year. Ronda Rousey, who was made the immediate UFC women’s champion, took on Carmouche in the newly created women’s bantamweight division.
Carmouche was coming off a second round submission win over Kaitlin Young back at Invicta FC 2 back in July 2012. While the champ Rousey was coming of an effortless first round armbar of Sarah Kaufman the following month in August 2012.
Despite scaring the champion with a choke attempt early on, the challenger was unable to offer much offence and was submitted late on in the first round.
To get us pumped for UFC 168 the UFC have released Rousey and Carmouche’s full fight from February 23rd card. I have also added Rousey and Tate’s first meeting from March 3rd underneath.
Take a look back at the two fights and post your predictions of their rematch underneath. Will Rousey get her eighth straight armbar win?