Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, was cruising down the 135-pound highway, watching Liz Carmouche slowly fade into the distance following the "Girl-Rilla's" first-round submission loss at UFC 157.
Former nemesis, Miesha Tate, wasn't even a blip on her GPS.
That's because "Rowdy" had defeated her for the Strikeforce bantamweight title the year before, twisting "Takedown's" arm into a pretzel, in one of the grisliest submission finishes in mixed martial arts (MMA) history, male or female (see it again here).
Surely, the re-branded "Cupcake" wouldn't be knocking on the champion's door?
Of course she wouldn't. Tate couldn't even win her Octagon debut, getting thrashed and smashed by undefeated title contender Cat Zingano in the co-main event of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 live finale, which sent the former high school wrestling standout tumbling down the division ladder.
Then, fate intervened.
Zingano was promoted to head coach of TUF 18, opposite Rousey, and would face off against the former Olympian later that year. But then "Alpha" somehow managed to self-destruct in training camp, ripping her knee apart and torpedoing the promotion's plans for a bantamweight title fight.
Unless UFC was able to find an opponent to take her place.
As luck would have it, Tate was healthy, available and motivated to get one back from her "Rowdy" rival, and told MMAmania.com that a rematch was warranted on the strength of her first performance, which up until the armbar finish, was highly competitive.
"Call me crazy, but if you follow the sport of mixed martial arts, the techniques that were happening when me and Ronda were fighting, it was very back-and-forth. It was very competitive and I think I'm the only person to have ever escaped an armbar attempt of hers. I obviously have the skills to hang with her on the ground and I have the advantage on the feet so it wasn't a one-sided match by any means in my opinion.
I got caught in an armbar and I lost, but up until that point, it was really competitive and had I not got armbarred at the end of that round, it may have been a debate about who won the round and we'd have gone on to the next round. It wasn't like she just went out there and creamed me. For the future, I think a rematch would be warranted."
Tate got her rematch at UFC 168, which took place last December in the co-main event of the promotion's year-end pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza and in the process, managed to aggravate Rousey the entire way. It made for great reality television and all things considered, a fairly competitive fight.
Here's how it all went down:
It was the first time the champion had ever left the opening frame.
In victory, following two years of headaches, Rousey finally appears to have rid herself of Miesha Tate. Then again, we still have two days until her UFC 170 main event against Sara McMann (results here), and "Cupcake" is already in camp to prepare for Liz Carmouche at UFC on FOX 11.