Rousey vs. Budd. Things get ugly about thirty seconds in. Props: IronForgesIron.com
Heading into last night, many people were calling Ronda Rousey the new face of women’s MMA. And why not? She is a decorated judoka who has finished all three of her professional fights in less than one minute. Rousey was given a step up in competition against Julia Budd at last night’s Strikeforce Challengers 20.
If you’ve followed Ronda Rousey’s MMA career at all, then you probably knew how the fight would look even before watching it. For those of you who are new to WMMA: Rousey quickly got Julia Budd to the ground. She established mount, and worked for an armbar. Julia Budd tried to fight through it, and got her arm snapped as a result. Total time? Thirty nine seconds. Forget the second round- Ronda Rousey is yet to see the second minute of a professional fight, having armbarred all four of her opponents less than one minute into the opening round.
After receiving confirmation from none other than “Judo” Gene Lebell that her fight lasted only thirty eight seconds, Ronda Rousey got busy calling out Sarah Kaufman and Miesha Tate. Both fights are very interesting for WMMA. Make it happen, Zuffa.
The only fight on the card to end quicker than Rousey vs. Budd was the evening’s main event, Antwain Britt vs. Lumumba Sayers. Sayers caught Britt with a vicious uppercut just twenty eight seconds into their bout. Sayers improves to 5-2, and despite his nickname being “Heavy Hands”, this victory marks his first by knockout. Go figure.
Full results, courtesy of MMA Junkie:
Lumumba Sayers def. Antwain Britt via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:28
Ronda Rousey def. Julia Budd via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 0:39
Adlan Amagov def. Anthony Smith via knokcout (punches) – Round 1, 2:32
Trevor Smith def. T.J. Cook via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:28
Derek Brunson def. Nate James via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Ricehouse def. Bill Cooper via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Bobby Green def. J.P. Reese via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:25
Quinn Mulhern def. David Hulett via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Andreas Spang def. Willie Parks via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 3:10