Perhaps the most famous UFC fighter in the world, Ronda Rousey recently suffered the first loss of her career. Former boxing champion Holly Holm and her coaching team devised the perfect game plan to counter Rousey’s charging attacks. After taking a series of hard hits in the first round, champion Rousey was flattened a by a kick from Holm. So ended Rousey’s run as the first female UFC champion.
While the nature of her loss may overshadow it for a short while, Ronda Rousey’s reign as UFC champion was incredible.
When UFC bought rival MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) promotion Strikeforce, they took on the Strikeforce female bantamweight division. It was the first female division in the UFC. Rousey was Strikeforce champion at that time and so was made the UFC champion by default.
Rousey made her first UFC title defence against Liz Carmouche. She won in the first round, defeating Carmouche by armbar (an armlock). Perhaps you don’t know this about Ronda Rousey, but she hates the human arm. Fans have seen her enthusiastically pull several of them to pieces. She won her first seven MMA fights by armbar in the first round. The pattern was broken in her eighth fight, which she won in the third round. By armbar.
Rousey followed up the win over Carmouche by defeating rival Miesha Tate in the longest fight of her career. It lasted less than 11 minutes. The run of fights that followed marked Rousey’s title run as special. She made four title defences in a combined fight time of just 2 minutes and 10 seconds. It coincided with her taking an interest in punching people in the face, which was terrible news for faces. Three of those four wins were by knock out or technical knock out. There hasn’t been a UFC title reign like it, and Rousey’s habit of quickly finishing opponents was eliciting comparisons to the early career of Mike Tyson.
As a UFC champion, it’s hard to imagine finding room in your schedule for extracurricular activities, what with your existing commitments in the field of bashing people up. Rousey managed to squeeze a lot in. She warmed up for her MMA career by winning an Olympic bronze medal in Judo. She’s written a bestselling book. She has a Hollywood movie career, featuring in Fast & Furious 7and leading an upcoming remake of Road House.
Her total fight time as a UFC champion lasted 23 minutes and 56 seconds. In that time she won six fights, stopping all but one in the first round. Her quickest win was in just 14 seconds. Her pre-UFC career involved winning six fights in just 7 minutes and 39 seconds. That gives her a career fight time of just 31 minutes and 35 seconds over 13 fights. Ronda Rousey has made an incredible impact in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, creating a legacy that will be talked about for years, and she did it in less time than it took me to add up her fight times.
Here are the numbers:
Total fights: 13
Total wins: 12
Total wins in UFC title fights: 6
Wins by stoppage: 12
Wins in first round: 11
Wins in under 1 minute: 8