It shouldn’t really come as any surprise that Ronda Rousey will be in action this week, as she’s dominated the end of February since coming to the UFC.
Rousey will meet Cat Zingano this Saturday night at UFC 184 in the main event for her bantamweight title, and she’s previously defended the belt successfully twice during this week over the last two years.
Along with events featuring Rousey, here’s a look at this week in MMA for February 22-28:
UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann
A battle of unbeaten and former Olympic medal winners took center stage as the Winter Olympics were going on last February 22, as Rousey defeated Sara McMann in just 66 seconds. After landing some serious leather, Rousey connected with a knee to the body that stopped McMann in her tracks.
The meeting was the first featuring two former Olympians, as Rousey won bronze in judo and McMann silver in wrestling.
Daniel Cormier knocked out Patrick Cummins in just over a minute after Cummins replaced Rashad Evans. Other winners were Rory MacDonald, Mike Pyle, Stephen Thompson, Alexis Davis, Raphael Assuncao, Aljamain Sterling, Zach Makovsky, Erik Koch and Ernest Chavez.
UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
Remember when UFC presidnt Dana White said he had no interest in women’s MMA? Well, that all changed at UFC 157 on February 23, 2013, as Rousey and Liz Carmouche headlined the card.
Rousey successfully withstood a valiant effort from Carmouche, locking up another armbar submission inside of the first round.
Lyoto Machida picked up a split decision over Dan Henderson in the co-main event, while Urijah Faber, Court McGee and Robbie Lawler all earned wins on the main card, as well.
Other winners were Brendan Schaub, Michael Chiesa, Dennis Bermudez, Sam Stout, Kenny Robertson, Neil Magny and Nah-Shon Burrell.
UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch
Former UFC champion BJ Penn and Jon Fitch fought to a majority draw in Australia back on February 27, 2011 in front of over 18,000 fans. At the time, the card became the fastest-selling event in UFC history.
One judge saw the fight for Fitch, a former No. 1 contender, while the other two gave it even 28-28 scores.
Michael Bisping, Dennis Siver, Brian Ebersole and Kyle Noke all picked up main card wins, while prelim winners included future title contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Mark Hunt, along with Ross Pearson, Nick Ring, Anthony Perosh, Tiequan Zhang and Curt Warburton.