Miesha Tate did something nobody else has done – push Ronda Rousey into the second round.
Tate actually bettered even that, taking Rousey into the third in the co-main event of UFC 168 Saturday night.
However, she fell victim to the armbar once again, as Rousey secured the submission and retained her UFC female bantamweight title.
“She showed up tonight,” Tate said. “She is the better fighter.”
Tate seemed to hurt Rousey several times in the first two rounds with her striking, and even survived a deep armbar attempt. The former Strikeforce champion also got out of a nasty choke attempt, but she was unable to escape the ex-Olympian in the third.
Numerous times, Rousey took advantage of Tate coming in and scored with takedowns, something she addressed in the post-fight interview.
“I would rather (get taken down) than run away and be afraid,” she said. “I was going to bring the fight to her. That was the game plan.”