Just as she planned, Ronda Rousey became the new Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion via armbar, as the former Olympian locked it on deep and secured the submission victory over Miesha Tate Saturday night. The fight was the main event of Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey from Columbus, Ohio.
After getting Tate in an armbar early in the round, Rousey was unable to lock in the hold and get the tap. Tate fought through it and even took the back of Rousey later in the opening round. However, before the bell could ring to end the first five minutes, “Rowdy” had the submission in as tight as ever, bending Tate’s arm every which way but loose.
“She’s good; she’s legit,” Rousey said, “but I don’t feel bad about it (likely breaking Tate’s left arm).”
Rousey added that she would welcome the challenge of former champion Sarah Kaufman, who defeated Alexis Davis on the prelim portion of the card. Kaufman is 15-1 and has won three straight fights since dropping the title to Marlos Coenen in 2010.
“I would welcome it for sure,” Rousey said. “Whoever the fans want to see. I (do) feel like Sarah Kaufman got cheated out of this title shot.”
Tate admitted her arm was, “a little sore,” after the bout. The now ex-champ added, “I got a little over zealous; I respect her as an athlete.”
The two women engaged in a bitter war of words throughout the lead-up to their fight, including coming head-to-head at the weigh-ins on Friday. Rousey didn’t clear the air between the two in the post-fight interview inside the cage.