At UFC 184, which took place in Los Angeles’ Staples Center, the women took centerstage and exerted their force in both the main and co-main event. Three of the four women came into their bouts with unscathed records. Only two walked away with that still in tact.
In the main event, Ronda Rousey again proved to be possibly the most terrifying force in the Octagon. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion remained undefeated and successfully defended her belt for a fifth time, defeating Cat Zingano with a straight armlock. It took her all of 14 seconds to secure the massive win.
Among active fighters, Rousey comes up fifth on the list for most consecutive title defenses, tying Demetrious Johnson with five. To date she owns a total of 7 armbar finishes, the record for the quickest finish in UFC title fight history and the third fastest stoppage in a UFC title fight with her 16 second demolition of Alexis Davis. The former Olympic judoka also stands at no. 7 in the pound-for-pound rankings. She may see a bump up come Monday afternoon once the new rankings are submitted.
After the win, Rousey said in her post-fight interview that she’s be interested in fighting the undefeated Bethe Correia next. Zingano, 32, tasted defeat for the first time in her professional career. She rushed in to collide with Rousey and paid the price. All she could say was she wants to do it again.
In the co-main event former boxing champ Holly Holm took on TUF 18 alum, Raquel Pennington. Holm also remained undefeated. “The Preacher’s Daughter advanced to 8-0 with a split decision victory over Pennington.
Holm’s long reach advantage and precise striking proved to be too much for “Rocky” to handle. Her hand speed and angles trumped any offense that Pennington had generated and she also managed to stuff her takedown attempts. Somehow, Pennington saw each one of Holm’s high kicks coming and ducked under them moments before the landed. Pennington did well to get after Holm and landed some hard punches of her own, but Holm was able to get the better of the exchanges.
In the third round, Pennington landed a solid right that stumbled Holm and sent her to the canvas. But Holm recovered and answered with a barrage of strikes. Pennington regrouped and kept the pressure on Holm as the fight came to a close.
Jake Ellenberger rebounded from a 3-fight losing skid with a dramatic submission finish of Josh Koscheck. It was a much needed win for “The Juggernaut” after having his recent performances criticized by UFC president Dana White. Meanwhile, Koscheck’s downward spiral continues. The TUF 1 alum has lost four straight.
Up and coming welterweight Alan Jouban clashed with Australia’s Rich Walsh and obliterated him in the first round. A sharp elbow delivered by Jouban was the beginning of the end for Walsh. From there, “Brahma” unleashed a flurry of strikes and disposed of Walsh.
To start off the main card, Tony Ferguson wasted no time finishing Gleison Tibau. The TUF 13 winner won his fifth straight bout when he submitted Tibau with a rear-naked choke shortly after dazing him with punches. It made for “El Cucuy’s” fifth, first round finish in the Octagon.
Other standout performances on UFC 184’s card came from Roan Carneiro, who returned to the Octagon after seven years fighting with other organizations. “Jucao” choke Mark Munoz unconscious after securing a rear-naked choke. Munoz, 37, was finished in under two minutes into the fight.
Tim “Dirty Bird” Means advanced to 5-1 at welterweight with a 2:17 demolition of TUF 19 competitor Dhiego Lima. His Muay Thai was key in victory. He smashed Lima with a knee before cracking him with elbows and punches. Finally, the fight was waved off and Means extended his win streak to three.