UFC 170 proved an early night for Ronda Rousey. Always one for the record books and true to her word that she is better with shorter hiatuses between fights, Rousey stopped McMann with the fastest knockout in UFC women’s history 66 seconds into round one with a blistering knee to McMann’s liver. While many would say the stoppage on referee Herb Dean’s part was premature, McMann was not one of them:
McMann: “I thought it was a good fight…. I got hit in the liver, and no matter how hard you train, you can’t get your liver stronger. I was trying to get back up, but it’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten back on my feet quicker.”
An added plus for Rousey was the specific nature of the TKO. For the first time, Rousey won without the use of her signature submission hold, the armbar – proving her versatility as well as her dominance of the women’s MMA scene. Despite this stellar night for Rousey, naturally the one diehard nonbeliever with regard to Rousey’s supremacy remains Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. Before Rousey vs. McMann even hit the octagon, Justino had already made the very public pledge to drop from 145 pounds to 135 in the hopes of a December match versus Rousey.
Rousey serves up record win in 66 seconds.
by Kylie Krabbe
Ronda Rousey and her trainer Edmond Tarverdyan during an open workout Feb. 10th 2014.