Ronda Rousey to Make a Quick Return, Headlines UFC 170 Against Sara McMann

December 29, 2013
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Ronda Rousey UFC World Tour“(Ronda) Rousey vs. (Sara) McMann, February, that’s the headliner.”

UFC president Dana White made that announcement at the UFC 168 post-fight press conference on Saturday night, surprising many, as he doesn’t usually announce fights that quickly. And it does make for a very quick turn-around for Ronda Rousey, coming off of her third-round armbar submission of Miesha Tate on Saturday night.

The fight, of course, wasn’t a spur of the moment decision.

“Dana actually approached me about this before this fight,” said Rousey. “I’m ready to get back into it. I’m still hungry.”

Cat Zingano is still the UFC women’s bantamweight No. 1 contender, but she is still recovering from multiple knee injuries.

“Cat Zingano goes back into training in March,” added White. “Hopefully she can stay healthy and we can do that fight,” meaning the winner of Rousey vs. McMann would be the first fight back for Zingano.

Rousey vs. McMann, according to White, will headline UFC 170 on Feb. 22 in Las Vegas. A light heavyweight bout pitting Rashad Evans against Daniel Cormier was already announced for that card. That fight will remain, but it will be relegated to co-main event status.

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  • Obi-Wan Granoli

    She looked superb tonight! Answered everything Meisha threw at her and then some. Easy.

    • Kris-tyahn

      “easy” thats why she went 3 rounds?!? I was more impressed with Tate, than Rousey. Tatae go out of her arm bar a couple of times, triuangle chokes a couple of times etc., and she outboxed Rousey on the feet. Rousey was much stronger than Tate, which made a big difference.

      • Maddawgmar

        What fight were you watching, Rousey planted a right on her just about every exchange. Rousey’s stand up showed improvement. Tate was getting battered everywhere. Why do you think she abandoned the stand up and kept going for the takedown? Tate even said after the fight that Rousey worked on her right. But yeah an easy fight for Rousey, Tate had nothing for her.

        • james j

          Rhonda’s hip tosses and various judo throws are incredible. As the champ,, she reminds me of Anderson Silva a few years ago when he was just much better than the number one contender.

      • Obi-Wan Granoli

        alright, i shouldn’t have said easy…it wasn’t easy obviously. but she did look pretty damn good. figured it’d go longer this time as they know eachothers styles by now.

  • Maddawgmar

    This will be Rousey’s first real test. McMann may have the ability to keep Rousey on her feet.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSubmissionChannel/videos The Submission Channel

      No one. No one has the ability to keep it on the feet if Rousey wants to throw their @sses on the canvas. No one.

      • jeremy

        YOUR AN IDIOT….

        • archaictext

          You’re* an idiot, actually.

          • al57

            jeremy is a girl

    • Informed One

      Have you even watched McMann’s fights? Why in the hell would she want to keep rousey standing? Ronda just got the best in standup over Tate, and Tate’s standup is much better than McMann’s. Ronda will have more confidence and another camp to further her boxing, she will dominate everywhere.
      McMann will be Rousey’s first real test, then when she wins easily it will be Cat that’s the first “real” test. I remember when Liz C. was the first “real” test. How about we pull our heads from our anuses and admit, she has been tested all along, and she has destroyed them all.

      • Maddawgmar

        Yes, and I have watched her train. She lives in the same city and I take classes at her gym in SC. Getting the best of Tate standing up is not a huge accomplishment, her stand up is garbage just ask Julie Kedzie. And like Rousey, McMann really doesn’t need to develop her ace in the hole, so she has been working her stand up constantly.

        As for the first real test, yes this is her first real test, everyone she has been in there with has been in way over their head. Liz wasn’t a test, and Cat won’t be a test either. But what do we know from MMA history, Wrestling beats Judo. Even Olympic Judo fighters have lost to wrestlers. I am a huge Rousey fan and I think Sara McMann can give her a huge challenge.

        • allansm

          So appaRently to mad everyone who Rousey has faced is garbage…

          Okay.

          Damn, the thought process of some of these MMA computer/phone experts is mind boggling.

  • james j

    I really like Tate. But Rouse won every facet of that fight.

    • Maddawgmar

      Thank you some one with sense. Rousey was even winning the stand up game.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    That was a great fight. Although Mcmann is an olympic caliber wrestler and that should be a great fight I want to see Ronda against a high level kickboxer who can really keep the distance and pick shots. I can see Rousey winning by submission in this fight still but you never know.

    • Denny Periard

      Sure she might be olympic calibure but rousey is an olympic bronze medalist in judo im sure that surpasses that argument.

      • Matthew Sanzone

        do you even know what you are talking about..mcmann is a silver olympic medalist….

      • McMannRules

        Stop displaying your ignorance Denny, McMann is a Silver Medalist Olympian Caliber Wrestler, Silver is more than bronce. Oh boy, must be a 12 year old who has the hots for Ronda…LOL

        • archaictext

          It’s still apples to oranges. A silver in wrestling isn’t better than a bronze in Judo. You can’t even compare the two. Regardless, wrestling won’t protect you from submissions.

          • Maddawgmar

            But in the history of MMA, Wrestling beats Judo. Diego Sanchez/Karo Parisyan, Michael Chandler/Rick Hawn etc. not saying that is gonna happen this time but the caliber these two have in their repertoire can be very interesting to watch in MMA.

        • Denny Periard

          Right….. Mcmman sure showed Rousey by turtleing on the floor…
          It has nothing to do with Ignorance Im a Judo BB my self And i wrestled in the All Canadian Tournie, I know the differences and what judo can do from being on ones back wrestling IMO is Inferior.

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        Maybe I’ma little rusty after a long day but I don’t understand what your trying to say, could you please elaborate buddy.

  • Informed One

    Few things to note last night. Rousey can take a punch, and now she knows it, which will help her stand up confidence. Two, she has a sick bottom game, those legs and hips are dangerous even from her back. Three, her cardio held up even after a lot of scrambles over 11 minutes. McMann is good, but rousey will absolutely school her everywhere. McMann is a wrestler, her standup is worse than most, and she will have no answer to Rousey’s BJJ, top or bottom.
    Reverse triangle from the top?? I guess she does have more than just an armbar.

    • Marc Livingood

      No BJJ that all comes from JUDO

  • McMannWillGnPRonda

    McMann should be able to give Rousey a run for her money. Olympic level wrestling unlike Miesha only High School(and even she managed to make it to round 3 this time). Like Ronda, her striking is not the best, but Ronda’s striking was not the best, and it remains rudimentary after watching her last night. Both can take a punch, actually McMann has taken more punches than Rousey. It’s gonna be an even match, but I’m definitely rooting for McMann. I respect Ronda as a fighter, but she needs to learn a little bit about being classy. The men show more sportmanship at the end of a fight even when they had a big grudge and lots of trash talk before the fight. They still hug and shake hands. Hell, even Nick Diaz showed some class after GSP beat him and GSP showed class as always. Ronda needs to get the cloud of farts out of her head so it won’t cloud her manners. She thinks she’s too good for everyone else. I can’t wait for that fight!

    • Ian Price

      Comment of the year. Agree 100%

    • al57

      MC Mann beats Rousey ending this charade of fakeness.

  • al57

    McMann should be able to beat Rousey. Big Nose Tate is a 2nd tier fighter and a loser.

    • Bucket of Chicken

      You must lay awake at night wondering why no women will touch you.

    • Manuel Lopez

      Hey retard why don’t you give it a rest?

      • al57

        Big Nose Tate’s dad?

  • whocaresrhonda

    cant wait till cyborg destroys Rhonda, and teaches her humility.

    • archaictext

      You think Cyborg is going to make it down to 135?

      • al57

        fight at 140 then just have the fight

    • al57

      Cyborg ends this Rousey crap forever.

  • Crewjobs

    Everyone was kissing Rousey before she entered the ring and even the cut man that scraggly old black dude stole a kiss which is ridiculous, he works for UFC. Between rounds her corner man had his hand so far up her thigh it looked like he was trying to cop a feel. It is all there on the replays.

    • al57

      touch the champ WTF?

  • al57

    Big Nose Tate tried but got whipped again. Big Nose should retire.

    • Ian Price

      I remember that nose being smaller before Zingano broke it. She’s still hot though.

      • al57

        yea Brian carroway hot maybe Big Nose would be hard to look at in the morning without make up with that snooz?

        • tom greg

          I kind of like big noses…

  • McMann

    Prepare Rousey, Here are some exciting fights from McMann! Sick GnP and can strike too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9UFMSjdyOk

  • al57

    Meisha Tate got that truck stop $10 look. The nose says it all. Big Nose is a walker.

  • jimmy777

    rousey is a total azzhole, period, horrible person

  • jimmy777

    Id like to see gina carano get back in the cage

    • al57

      Carano had limited skills and beat on little girls till Cyborg exposed Carano as a fraud. Nice to look at though but will be 200 lbs after spitting out a few kids.

      • allansm

        Being beat by Cyborg exposes nothing. She’s the best female fighter. The word ‘exposed’ should be retired as it allows idiots to demean a fighter’s skill.

        • al57

          McMann beats Rousey

      • jimmy777

        Cyborg exposed Carano as a fraud? LOLOLOL Other way around, cyborg was hitting the roids big time and she was exposed!!

  • al57

    Rousey lost the UFC fan base and is hated now.

  • al57

    Meisha Big Nose tate has average skills at best. Very slow and awkward. Big Nose is not a top fighter. Kedzie had her almost KO’d and Kedzie is terrible.

  • al57

    Meisha Tate without Make-up on looks like Roy Nelson.

    • jimmy777

      ronda, is that you? lol

      • al57

        Yea it’s me I just hate Tate and Caroway the ballless wonder girl.

    • Obi-Wan Granoli

      wow lol