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Ronda Rousey Takes Strikeforce Title, Holds Grudge

Written by Tom Ngo
March 3rd, 2012
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Strikeforce Ronda Rousey

Entering Saturday night’s heavily hyped showdown, many MMA enthusiasts believed Ronda Rousey’s (Pictured) light résumé didn’t warrant a shot at Miesha Tate’s Strikeforce bantamweight title. Those same people thought the challenger’s chatty ways is what earned her the opportunity.

Fast forward just four minutes and 27 seconds and nobody is uttering a single word – except for Rousey, of course.

“Rowdy” is now perfect through her first five professional fights. All of her wins have ended in the same fashion, 1stRound armbar submission. It was the second consecutive time Rousey made her opponent’s arm bend in the opposite direction. However, this time, she had no regrets for thrashing her arch enemy’s elbow.

“I didn’t talk my way into it,” Rousey matter-of-factly said of her latest accomplishment. “She was much more savvy on the ground than I anticipated. She’s good, and she’s legit, but I don’t feel that bad about [injuring her arm].”

Bitter rivals typically bury the hatchet after going to combat. Although, after Tate tried to get Rousey fined following their altercation at Friday’s weigh-ins, the freshly-minted champion is holding a grudge as tightly as she did to Tate’s left arm.

The 25-year-old’s post-fight speech drew mixed reviews from the fans inside Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Love her or hate her, Rousey appears here to stay.

Up first could be Sarah Kaufman, who collected a win over Alexis Davis earlier in the evening and is one of those that weren’t shy about questioning Rousey’s credentials.

For the time being, Rousey was complimentary of Kaufman.

“I would welcome it for sure,” Rousey stated. “I was impressed with her performance.”

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