“UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano” took place Saturday night inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey defended her throne against Cat Zingano in the show’s featured contest. Fellow 135-pounders Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington served as the co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Masio Fullen Defeats Alexander Torres via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Fullen starts things off with a solid right hand. They are trading in the shots in the pocket. Fullen winning the early exchanges. Torres lands a kick to the body. Torres clocks in with a straight right that staggers his opponent. He goes in for the kill. Fullen answers with a big right, but still appears dazed and confused. Torres with another heavy right. Fullen stunned. Fullen gets a takedown off a missed flying knee. Nothing significant on the ground and they’re back up.
5thRound scores it: Torres, 10-9.
2ndRound: They’re trading fire right away. Torres scoring in the clinch and knee to the body. Fullen stuffs a takedown attempt. Fullen lands two sharp punches that wobble Torres. Fullen scores with a solid a knee to the body. Fullen starting to find his groove. Torres may be gassed. Fullen is starting to pick his opponent apart.
5thRound scores it: Fullen, 10-9.
3rdRound: With the scrap up for grabs, they waste no time in trading strikes. Fullen takes the center of the cage and is pushing forward, but Torres scores with a counter right. Torres hanging in there, thought Fullen is connecting with bigger shots. He tags Torres with a one-two combo. Fullen follows up with a hook to the body. Fullen starting to pull away. Torres trying to drag him to the ground. Torres finally gets a takedown with one minute to go. Not much action so they are stood up.
5thRound scores it: Fullen, 10-9, and likely rallied to win, 29-28.
Valmir Lazaro Defeats James Krause via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Krause comes out with a jab, Lazaro counters with leg kicks. They’re trading shots in the center of the cage. Lazaro working the body, now the head. Krause doing good with his jab. Krause scores a brief takedown. Referee John McCarthy calls time after a headbutt. Both fighters are warned to watch their heads. Krause clinches him against the cage. They separate and Krause connects with a kick. Krause can’t complete a takedwon as the horn blares. Close one.
5thRound scores it: Lazaro, 10-9.
2ndRound: Krause working leg kicks again. Lazaro counters with thunderous hooks. Lazaro secures a brief takedown. Lazaro landing big shots and Krause’s right eye proof. Krause continues to march forward, but Lazaro is making him pay. Lazaro says he was kneed in the groin and time is called. Game on. Lazaro with a clean one-two to the body.
5thRound scores it: Lazaro, 10-9.
3rdRound: Krause lands two unasnwered punches to start the final stanza. He follows up with leg kicks. Krause shoots for a brief takedown. Krause with a nice kick to the body. Lazaro counters with the same strike. Krause tags him with a right hand. Krause can’t land a takedown with a minute to go. They trade in the pocket in the closing seconds. Both men look winded but do their best. This will be close.
5thRound scores it: Krause, 10-9, but likely lost, 29-28.
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Derrick Lewis Defeats Ruan Potts via TKO (Punches) at 3:18 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Potts clinches him against the cage. Lewis hip tosses him to the ground for a brief moment. Potts takes a knee to the cup and time is called. Game on. Potts stumbles to the ground after missing a kick. Lewis is aggressively going for the kill. He’s a little overzealous and gets caught in a knee bar. Lewis defending well and escapes. Potts gets a takedown and is landing short elbows. Lewis tosses him off and lands a nasty right to the face. Lewis is standing over him and unloads another right haymakers. Potts fights to his feet and has him clinched against the fence.
5thRound scores it: Lewis, 10-9.
2ndRound: These guys are moving in slow motion. Lewis tries to toss him to the ground, but it’s not a clean landing. He ends up on Potts’ side and is unleashing massive punches. Potts is just covering up. If Lewis would kept pounding away that might have been stopped. Lewis is laying on top of him. Both appear to be resting. Potts is not in good shape – literally and figuratively. Lewis is laying the lumber. It seems as though it’s only a matter of time before the ref steps in. And there it is.
Tim Means Defeats Dhiego Lima via TKO (Strikes) at 2:17 in the 1stRound
1stRound: They trade leg kicks. Means the aggressor early. Lima doing a good job of countering. Mean clocks him with a right. He drops him with a knee to the grill. Means going for the kill. Lima fights to his feet. Means landing some heavy elbows. Straight right by Means. Lima continues to fight. Means clobbers him again with a left. Lima crumbles to the canvas. Game over.
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Roman Salazar No Contest (Eye poke to Salazar) at 2:37 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Yamamoto charges the center of the cage and is hunting Salazar down. Salazar kicks him in the body. Yamamoto hasn’t landed anything three minutes in. Salazar can’t complete a takedown. Inside leg kick by Yamamoto. Yamamoto takes a finger to the eye and time is called. Game on. Tight one, only because nobody did much damage.
5thRound scores it: Salazar, 10-9.
2ndRound: Yamamoto lands an inside leg kick, but gets taken down for his troubles. Yamamoto gets right back up. Salazar now takes a finger in the eye. Game on. Left hook to the dome by Salazar. Time is called again after Salazar gets fingers to both eyes. Doctor is now checking him out. They are giving him plenty of time to recover. Salazar says he can’t see out of his left eye. This might be stopped. Fight’s over.
Roan Carneiro Defeats Mark Munoz via Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 1:40 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Munoz goes for a shot, but Carneiro stuffs it and ends up on top in side-control. He takes jumps on Munoz’s back and locks in a rear-naked choke. Munoz is unconscious.
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Tony Ferguson Defeats Gleison Tibau via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:36 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Ferguson using his legs to extend his reach advantage. Tibau tags him with a straight left. Ferguson catches a kick and hits him with a right at the same time that sends Tibau to the mat. They’re back up and trading thunder in the pocket. Ferguson wobbles him with a right. Tibau is still dazed and confused. He dives for a desperation takedown. Ferguson slaps on a rear-naked choke. It’s a wrap.
Alan Jouban Defeats Richard Walsh via KO (Strikes) at 2:19 in the 1stRound
1stRound: They clinch against the cage. Jouban lands a kick to the midsection. Walsh answers with a right hand. Walsh nails him with a body kick. Jouban stuns him with a left elbow to the temple. He follows up with a flurry, but nothing really connected before referee”Big” John McCarthy stopped it.
Jake Ellenberger Defeats Josh Koscheck via Submission (North-South Choke) at 4:20 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Koscheck working the left jab early. Ellenberger answers with one of his own. Koscheck scores a powerful takedown. He takes his back as Ellenberger gets to his feet. Koscheck grinding him against the cage going for another takedown. Koscheck unleashing foot stomps. Ellenberger finally gets loose. Ellenberger stuns him with a right hand. That seemed to daze Koscheck. Ellenberger tags him with a right hook. He follows up with a left. Koscheck eats another right.
5thRound scores it: Ellenberger, 10-9.
2ndRound: Koscheck immediately shoots for a takedown. He has Ellenberger pressed against the fence. Crowd is booing. Referee separates them after Koscheck couldn’t complete the takedown. Ellenberger’s hands are looking sharper. Koscheck does not look comfortable standing. He lands a left just as I type that. Koscheck keeps wiping his left eye. Not much action in this round. Koscheck dives for another takedown try. Ellenberger slaps on a power guillotine. Kos is forced to cry uncle. Koscheck was literally foaming at the mouth. Looks like they are ruling it officially a north-south choke.
Holly Holm Defeats Raquel Pennington via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
1stRound: Holm looks very comfortable in there, but then again it hasn’t gone to the mat yet. Holm using side kicks to extend her reach advantage. Pennington eats a knee to the midsection. Pennington having trouble closing the gap. Holm stuffs a takedown attempt. Pennington eats a head kick, but manages to catch it and tries to score a takedown off it. Holm easily shucks her off. Holm has active hands, but nothing heavy landing.
5thRound scores it: Holm, 10-9.
2ndRound: Pennington needs to do something to get in this fight. Although, it’s not like Holm is running away with this. As expected, Holm’s hands and standup look sharp. Pennington needs to find a way to make this a messy fight, there’s no way she can win in a sparring match. Holm doing a great job of using her footwork to attack and retreat. Pennington finally makes a significant score with a right to the face. She follows up with a solid leg kick. Closer round. Actually, close fight.
5thRound scores it: Holm, 10-9.
3rdRound: Holm connects with a right hook to the body. Pennington scores with a leg kick. Certainly not the most thrilling fight the octagon has ever hosted. Crowd starting to boo. Pennington drops her with a punch, but Holm gets right back up. Pennington could very well steal this fight since the first two rounds were close. Another solid right hand by Pennington.
5thRound scores it: Pennington, 10-9, but likely came up short, 29-28.
Ronda Rousey Defeats Cat Zingano via Submission (Straight Armbar) at :14 in the 1stRound (Rousey retains UFC bantamweight title)
1stRound: “Big” John McCarthy is the third man inside the cage. Rousey looks intense in the cage, as usual. Zingano doesn’t seem fazed by the moment. Rousey clearly has home-cage advantage. Zingano comes out with a knee and gets tossed to the mat. She gets her arm caught under Rousey’s leg after a scramble and Rousey quickly slaps on an armbar. It’s a wrap. That was fancy.