Ronda Rousey stated that she was an improved striker – and she showed it Saturday night at UFC 170.
After a third successful liver shot connected from the knee, Sara McMann went down and Rousey had earned her first non-submission victory to defend her UFC female bantamweight title.
“We studied her videos and felt like it was best to concentrate on the liver shot for this camp,” Rousey said. “The left knee has been working for me the most (in training).”
Rousey (9-0) earned her second win in less than 60 days, as she stopped Miesha Tate this past December. The TKO victory was the fastest finish in the UFC’s newest division.
Despite being cast in several movies, Rousey has developed more of a professional “heel” role in the world of MMA. That, though, doesn’t bother her one bit.
“It’s better,” she said, of the booing that the Mandalay Bay fans showered her with. “Thank you for the emotions guys.”
Rousey could be headed for either a long-awaited bout with Cat Zingano, who earned a title shot last year, or Alexis Davis, who picked up a victory over Jessica Eye earlier in the night.