Sara McMann (blue gloves) defends against Ronda Rousey (red gloves) during their UFC bantamweight championship bout at Mandalay Bay. Photo by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey scored a quick stoppage against fellow Olympic medalist Sarah McMann in UFC 170, but the way the fight was halted elicited contrasting reactions from their fellow mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.
After failing to take down McMann, Rousey engaged her challenger in a stand up fight before dropping McMann with a knee to the liver.
The champion landed two more strikes from the back when referee Herb Dean rushed in to halt the fight 1:06 in the first round.
In a compilation of tweets posted on MMA Fighting, some fighters congratulated Rousey for the stoppage.
“Man there's no stopping Rousey," said former Strikeforce champion Cung Le.
“Ronda looked very vicious tonight," said light heavyweight fighter Jimi Manua.
“Congratulations to the champ @ RondaRousey," said unbeaten welterweight Kelvin Gastelum.
But others showed displeasure, particularly against the referee, over the quick stoppage. Dean is the same referee who called a quick stoppage that awarded the victory to Renan Barabo over Urijah Faber in UFC 169.
“Come on it might have been over but this is a title fight give them a chance at least! Too many early title stoppages! #UFC170," said featherweight fighter Darren Elkins.
“Ronda comes out and both throw some strikes. McMann drops from a knee to the body but herb steps in way too soon #ufc170," said former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman, who lost to Rousey in 2012.
“I don't care how many anatomy lessons Golber gives us on the broadcast. That was a bad stoppage," said retired fighter Danny Downs.
“Honestly wft was that @HerbDeanMMA?” said Tom Lawlor, middleweight fighter and former contestant at The Ultimate Fighter.