UFC 190 Ronda Rousey wins big again

Ronda Rousey defended her bantamweight title by knocking out Bethe Correia only 34 seconds into the first round at UFC 190 on Saturday night. Rousey charged at Correia at the start and finished the fight by throwing a rapid sequence of punches at the Brazilian’s head, landing a combination of right and left strikes that sent her opponent face-first into the ground and disappointed the home crowd that packed the HSBC Arena.

It was yet another impressive performance by Rousey, who improved to 12-0 in her incredible MMA career. The UFC’s biggest star arrived in Rio as the overwhelming favorite against Correia (9-1) after winning her previous three title defenses in a combined 96 seconds. She needed only 14 seconds to beat Cat Zingano at UFC 184 earlier this year.

“It was kind of how I expected it,” “I planned to instead of trying to force a clinch, overwhelm her (by) striking first so that she would want to clinch first, and that’s exactly what happened.” “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey

Rousey, who has been UFC’s most dominant champion and is redefining the sport, has won 11 of her fights in the first round while being taken to the third round once. Her last five wins had come through her signature armbar, but this time it was her striking force that made the difference.┬áRousey said she was fighting in memory of Hall of Fame wrestler Roddy Piper, whose death was confirmed Friday. Piper was one of Rousey’s greatest idols and inspired her to take the “Rowdy” nickname.

Many UFC fans are asking who will be Rousey’s next opponent and is there anyone out there that can give her a great fight. Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen made a great comparison on ESPN after the fight had finished. Cheal compared Rousey with Roy Jones Jr who was a great fighter but never found and opponent that would give him a great fight everyone would remember.

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