In an epic match between the world’s top female UFC athletes, Ronda Rousey proved precisely why she is an MMA superstar with a record-breaking 14-second win against opponent Cat Zingano, according to ESPN. Rousey’s highly anticipated face-off with Zingano ended abruptly, when Rousey caught Zingano’ right arm in a straight armlock seconds after round 1 began.
The quickest victory in UFC championship history, the win wasn’t surprising to many of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey’s fans. Prior to the fight, many predictions were in favor of a round 1 victory for Rousey. In a post-fight UFC briefing, Zingano expressed her hunger to get back in the octagon with Rousey. Immediately after the fight, Zingano repeated, “I want to do it again,” before exclaiming her frustration with the 14-second round.
Amenable to Zingano’s heartfelt desire for a rematch, Rousey told Fox Sports’ Airel Halwani that she sat down in front of Zingano after the win and affirmed her willingness to fight again.
“I think it’d be very, very different, just like when me and Miesha Tate fought again,” Ronda Rousey said.
Currently undefeated after fighting almost every worthy female opponent, Ronda commented that she’s interested in fighting Holly Holm.
Following the official announcement of her victory, Rousey was interviewed by Joe Rogan, and when asked whether she was surprised by Zingano’s approach, responded, “We were expecting that she might come out and just do something flying at me right away,” and trained with that possibility in mind.
As reported by the Inquisitr, Rousey’s purse for winning the event was approximately $1 million; thus, the victory was very profitable for the champion, who works to perfect her fighting skills daily.
Ronda Rousey’s career has been highly influenced by her mother, an award-winning judoka, Biography reports. Rousey first fell in love with sports at the age of 11, when encouraged by her mother to take judo. Four years later, Ronda’s skills in competitive judo earned her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. Transitioning to MMA approximately five years ago, Ronda Rousey has become the world’s leading female combat athlete and the first female fighter signed to UFC.
Shortly after joining UFC, Rousey won the Women’s Bantamweight Championship title, which she has defended and retained five times. With more than 800 days as world champion, Ronda Rousey’s record of wins becomes more impressive daily. UFC officials are scrambling to find more opponents for Rousey, although hopefuls have not yet been announced.