The recent UFC 157 was jam-packed with action and this was most of all highlighted by the fight between bantamweight champion Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey and challenger Liz “Girl-rilla” Carmouche. Rousey won over Carmouche via her favorite armbar move to earn a submission from the challenger. She managed to defend her title in just 4 minutes and 49 seconds of round 1.
Rousey looked like she was about to get it earlier in the fight when Carmouche planned to pull out a submission move; Rowdy’s face was the face of pain as Girl-rilla tried to crank her mouth and jaw hoping that she could manage a rear-naked choke. However, Rousey managed to escape the dangerous move and was able to position herself and give the patented move that she was known for: her armbar move. Carmouche was not able to hold back and tapped out of the fight in just the first round.
When asked about the deadly escape from the clutches of Carmouche, Rousey simply answered that she never felt that she was in any danger all throughout the fight; in fact, she was more concerned about a potential wardrobe malfunction. She was interviewed after the fight and she answered: “The good thing is that, on the ground, I feel so comfortable in every position that I don’t feel like I’m in ever in any danger, so I feel comfortable taking a lot of risks. I felt fine with her on my back. I felt very calm and in control even though it didn’t look like that.” This was her interview on Fox Sports just minutes after her momentous victory. She also pointed on the possible wardrobe malfunction that could have been a nightmare for the bantamweight champion.
“I was thinking more about keeping my sports bra up while she was trying to choke me. If you actually look, at one point, I was adjusting myself when she was on my back. [I was] multitasking.” Rousey also added that she was concerned about her remaining time. She was worried if she was running out of time that she quickly resisted the possible submission and transitioned to her favorite move. She managed to get the job done with 11 seconds to spare.
So what’s next for Rousey? “I’m very interested to see Meisha Tate and Cat Zingano at the TUF finale. I’m going to watch that fight and I’d be very interested in taking on the winner.”