When it comes to the ratio of highlights per second, no one compares to Ronda Rousey.
Post-UFC 193 Update: Apparently, Rousey is pretty good at providing memorable highlights even when she’s on the losing end, as well. She was knocked out by Holly Holm in stunning, unbelievable fashion at UFC 193. Watch history happen here:
The UFC bantamweight champ may not spend a whole lot of time inside the Octagon–the average fight time on her 12 wins is 2 minutes and 8 seconds–but as the biggest draw in the UFC, she makes sure fans still get their money’s worth. All 12 of Rousey’s professional MMA victories have come via stoppage (nine submissions, three knockouts), and 11 of those have come in the first round.
So, with Rousey set to take on Holly Holm at UFC 193, there’s no better time to take a look back at her best finishes.
We’ll start with her fastest, which came in February against Cat Zingano and took a whopping 14 seconds (fight begins at the 3:20 mark):
By contrast, her longest fight was a rematch against Miesha Tate in December 2013. The challenger made it into the third round before Rousey was eventually able to fight through her defense and lock her into the armbar (fight starts at 10:24, final takedown start at 22:18):
At one point in her career, Rousey, a former Judo Olympic bronze medalist, was known for her takedowns and armbars. But she has shown improved versatility recently, ending three of her last four fights via knockout.
Against Bethe Correia, Rousey–who said after the fight she wanted to knock Correia out–did exactly that. She showcased lightning-fast hand speed, delivering a furry of punches before ending it with a big right hand to the temple (fight starts at 3:24, ends 34 seconds later):
Of all of Rousey’s victories, the one against Alexis Davis at UFC 175 in July 2014 may have been the most impressive. It took her about 12 seconds to throw Davis to the mat, and then another four seconds to pummel her with 10 punches to the face and force the referee to stop the fight (fight starts at 0:03, ends at 0:19):
Rousey is a walking highlight reel. She’s must-watch TV. It’s no longer a draw just to see how quickly she’ll finish an opponent, but it’s a draw to see how she’ll finish them. She has said she’s only going to fight for three more years, so you better make sure to watch her make history while you still can.
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