It was another quick win for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion at UFC 184, as Ronda Rousey delighted her hometown crowd with a first round armbar win over Cat Zingano.
Some had predicted a tougher match for the champion, who said before the match that Zingano represented her biggest challenge to date. But Rousey entered the Staples Center in Los Angeles as about six to one favorite, and ended up proving the bettors right. In fact, the finish was actually the quickest in UFC championship history.
Zingano initiated a clinch shortly after the opening bell, only to find herself rolled to the mat with her arm entangled. She was forced to tap out just 14 seconds into the round.
Zingano drops her career MMA record to 9-1 with the loss. Rousey improves to 11-0, and mentioned Holly Holm, who fought in the event’s co-main, and Bethe Correira, as future challengers.
The co-main event of Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington was more competitive; but wasn’t as memorable — as the two combined for a tepid affair over three rounds.
Holm was noticeably jittery in the bout and appeared struggle to “let her hands go” against the scrappy Pennington. “Rocky” was unable to score a takedown on the former longtime boxing champion however, and her occasional punching combination wasn’t enough to earn the judges’ decision.
But the judges were split, with two scoring the bout 29-28 for Holm, and one scoring 29-28 for Pennington.
Pennington drops to 5-5 in her MMA career, while Holm improves to 8-0.
For full play-by-play account of the action, please see the UFC 184 Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano Results & Play-By-Play.