It’s an unbelievable feat that names like Anderson Silva, Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre haven’t even matched, but Ronda Rousey continued her first round path of destruction on Saturday night putting away former champion Sarah Kaufman in less than a minute’s time.
You could say that weather is unpredictable, but when a tornado is right in front of your eyes, it’s a safe bet to get out of its way. In women’s MMA that tornado has a name and it’s Ronda Rousey, and as of yet nobody has been able to avoid her cyclone of terror.
Within moments of the opening bell, Rousey closed the distance on her opponent Sarah Kaufman and clinched her against the fence. It took a moment, but the effort paid off as Rousey tackled Kaufman to the mat and with lightning fast accuracy she once again had an opponent caught in her signature armbar.
Kaufman rolled and tried to stack Rousey up from the top, but the former Olympic bronze medalist was just too fast with her transitions and power to let go of the move.
Finally, Rousey was able to extend her hips and Kaufman’s arm was going nowhere except to the hospital if she didn’t submit. Quickly, Kaufman tapped out and like that, in only 54 seconds, Ronda Rousey had done it again.
A broken-hearted Kaufman gave no excuse for why she couldn’t counter Rousey’s joint-stretching submission, but was obviously dejected after losing only the second fight of her career.
“Ronda put on a great performance, I’m embarrassed by my performance. I don’t really know what else to say, Ronda did a great job, she got the armbar, I defended it, she continued with it, I defended it, she continued with it, she ended up getting it,” Kaufman said after the fight.
“I’m really disappointed.”
Rousey gave credit to Kaufman for the fight, and how much she respected her as a competitor. Before she could even compliment her latest opponent, Rousey had already turned her sights on her next rival.
As soon as Showtime commentator Mauro Ranallo gave Rousey the chance to speak, the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion released a venomous tirade aimed directly at former women’s featherweight champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos.
“First of all I need to send out a challenge to Miss Cy-Roid out there – people want to see you have the first fair fight of your life, I’m the champ now, the champ doesn’t go to you, you come to the champ. Come down to 135 and let’s settle this,” Rousey shouted.
The ‘Cy-Roid’ comment is in reference to Santos’ positive drug test for steroids following her last fight in Strikeforce, which cost her the 145lb title as well as a year-long suspension for the infraction.
The two women have engaged in a war of words over the last few months, especially lately as Rousey was headed into her title fight on Saturday night.
Santos’ suspension doesn’t end until December, and even then there’s no telling if she could even attempt to make 135lbs, and it doesn’t appear Rousey is willing to go back up to her old weight class to face the Brazilian.
Potentially the biggest fight in women’s mixed martial arts history may or may not happen based on a compromise of the weight class or catch weight that the two competitors involved agree upon.
Regardless of that match-up, Ronda Rousey stands alone as the top fighter in the women’s division, and no one seems even close to her right now.
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(Photo courtesy of Esther Lin/Showtime)