UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey made quick work of her opponent Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Saturday night (Feb. 28) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The MMA star earned her fifth title defense with a 14-second submission victory, via one of her favorite holds, the armbar.
Rousey (11-0) recorded the fastest finish of her career, as well as a new UFC record for fastest-ever in a title fight, besting former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski’s 15-second knockout over Paul Buentello at UFC 55. Her last three matches have lasted 66, 16 and 14 seconds.
Zingano (9-1) came out fast, rushing Rousey on the opening bell with flying knee attempt. The champ essentially caught her mid-air, threw her to the floor and jumped into the straight right armlock. The challenger quickly tapped out.
“We were actually suspecting she might do something flying at me right away,” Rousey said. “I’ve actually been working on that behind arm, armbar. Not from that angle but hey, it works.
“I want to do it again,” Zingano said after the fight. “I just, f*ck. She did it. She did a great job. I want to do it again.”
Next for Rousey could be former pro-boxer Holly Holm (8-0) or Bethe Correia (9-0).
However, the fight most fans want to see is Rousey versus Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, who defended her title in a 46-second knockout at Invicta FC 11 on Friday (Feb. 27). She’s expected to defend her 145-pound title again his summer, and if things do well, she will slowly cut weight during 2015 in an effort to make 135 pounds by the end of the year for a potential super-fight against Rousey.