|Womens' bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey catches challenger Liz Carmouche in an arm bar during their UFC debut. Photo grabbed from UFC.com.
'Rowdy' keeps her armbar streak running
MANILA, Philippines – Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey survived a rear naked choke attempt before eventually tapping out Liz Carmouche on Saturday night to formalize her reign as the first women’s bantamweight champion in the UFC.
Fans at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California witnessed a historic night as the two-time Olympian yet again won the fight by arm bar, forcing Carmouche to submit near the end of the first round.
It was the first ever women’s MMA fight in the UFC.
It wasn’t an easy win for Rousey, who had to fight her way out of Carmouche’s rear-naked choke early in the round.
Just like in her other pro fights, she immediately went for the clinch at the opening bell.
But Carmouche, a former US Marine, apparently anticipated this and worked her way around Rousey’s back for the choke.
The champion struggled to break the lock and throw her opponent to the ground.
Seconds later, she gained side control while trapping Carmouche with a head lock.
After hurting Carmouche with punches to the head, Rousey spun in position, went for the arm bar and forced her opponent to tap out.
“The one thing I've learned in MMA is to be patient with my time... I'm just trying to do it perfectly in the first try,” Rousey said following her win.
The 26-year-old judoka improved her record to seven wins with no defeat. All of her victories were via arm bar.
In the co-main event, Lyoto Machida frustrated Dan Henderson with a split decision.
The former light heavyweight champion wisely kept his distance from Henderson’s potent right hand by constantly circling to the left.
Machida then scored a takedown near the end of the first round.
Henderson tried to press the action in the second round, but was met with knees and kicks to the body.
He successfully took down Machida in the third round, but the Japanese-Brazilian guarded himself from Henderson’s ground-and-pound.
Machida eventually got back to his feet and scored a couple of head kicks against Henderson.
Two of the judges saw the fight 29-28 for Machida, while the other judge scored the same for Henderson.
“He’s a tough fighter, great opponent for me,” said Machida. “But I was surprised with the result, because I completely dominated in all the rounds.”
On the undercard, Urijah Faber displayed dominant wrestling against El Salvador’s Ivan Menjivar.
Faber, who lost to Renan Barao last July, submitted Menjivar via rear naked choke 4:34 minutes in the first round.