In the biggest women’s MMA fight since Carano vs. Cyborg, judo Olympian Ronda Rousey submitted rival Miesha Tate with a brutal armbar in the first round to claim the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship title.
An armbar specialist, Rousey came into the fight looking to take Tate’s arm home with her and, though she was met with some resistance, The Rowdy One accomplished her goal in forceful fashion.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Tate asserted her desire for a rematch with Rousey, believing that she was up on Rousey before making a mistake and allowing the skilled grappler to pull off the one trick she has in her arsenal.
Ronda Rousey takes issue with that.
“I don’t think there’s any way she could argue that she was winning that fight at all,” Rousey told BloodyElbow. “If you just look at the striking stats, I landed 43 strikes and she landed 11. If you look at the actual damage, she was bruised up on her leg and her face, not to mention her arm. The only point in the fight where she could say she was being the least bit dominant, is the part where she had my back, but she definitely landed fewer strikes from the back, and had zero submission attempts.
“The one time she tried to do something, she lost her position immediately. That wasn’t a dominant position for her, that was pretty much her holding on for dear life. Every single takedown was me, I had the majority of the strikes, and I got the win. This all happened in four minutes, and if she assumes that the few seconds that she had my back, that she was the winner… Well, she wasn’t doing anything productive there anyway, except prolonging the inevitable.”
Rousey had plenty more to say in rebuttal to Tate, including her willingness to give her rival a rematch anytime.