On Saturday night at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, “rowdy” Ronda Rousey successfully defended her Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title against challenger Sarah Kaufman. In yet another impressive performance, Rousey finished the fight within just one minute of the very first round with her signature armbar submission technique.
Ronda has now finished all six of her professional bouts with an armbar in the first round. At this time there is no denying that she is the number one female mixed martial artist on the planet. In the post-fight interview on Saturday, Rousey made it clear that she is interested in a matchup with Cris “cyborg” Santos, but this will have to wait until Santos’ suspension is over.
Saturday’s matchup began with a quick flurry of punches from Ronda, which allowed her to close the distance and take the fight to the cage. Both fighters began a brief grappling exchange, before Rousey was able to sweep Sarah to the ground. Ronda found herself in the full mount position and almost instantly transitioned into an armbar attempt. Kaufman managed to defend the armbar for a short amount of time moving into various different positions, but then Ronda managed to gain control of Sarah’s arm and lock in the submission, giving Kaufman no choice but to tap.
Jay Cee – The MMA Review
Pictured: Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Photo by Esther Lin via Getty Images.