Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was looking for her fourth straight UFC title defense against Alexis Davis in the co-main event of UFC 175 last night (July 5, 2014) from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada (full results here).
Undefeated and dominant, Rousey came in with the momentum of her first-ever striking stoppage over Olympic silver medalist wrestler Sara McMann at UFC 170 in February. After two armbar finishes in her only two other UFC bouts, "Rowdy" was quickly establishing herself as the promotion's biggest star.
In the No. 2-ranked Davis, Rousey faced the only other woman who had won three bouts in the Octagon, who most recently won a UFC 170 split decision over Jessica Eye. But "Ally-Gator" had yet to finish a fight in UFC.
Rousey, on the other hand, had been steamrolling opposition left and right. Unfortunately for Davis, that trend continued in a massive way last night.
"Rowdy" came out sharp, snapping a couple left jabs and a huge right hand, following with a knee to the body and slamming Davis to the mat with a vicious judo throw to land some uncontested ground and pound.
The champion knocked off her latest challenger in a mere 16 seconds, and left Davis wondering what had happened for quite some time after the bout was over.
There's probably not a more dominant athlete in mixed martial arts (MMA) right now.
Joe Rogan asked her if she would step into the main event spot of UFC 176 after Jose Aldo was forced out of his main event bout with Chad Mendes due to injury, but hat's not going to happen.
Rousey revealed she is headed for knee surgery to correct a problem that she has been dealing with since she was 16. She also has a cyst under her knuckle that was popped open in her short win over Davis, requiring nine stitches and further putting her fighting future up in the air.
With a variety of movies coming out and a desire to take a short break from fighting, Rousey may not have a choice given her serious-sounding medical condition.
When she does return to the Octagon, there just aren't that many legitimate challenges left for her. A bout with returning No. 1-ranked Cat Zingano is probably the highest-profile bout available for Rousey, and there are always the oft-rumored fights with Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino.
No matter who is up next, Rousey is without peer, and that's going to continue until someone shows they can give her a serious run for her money.
That could be quite awhile.
As for Davis, she showed just how big of a gap there is between Rousey and the rest of her competition. Davis was in hard-fought battles throughout her entire UFC tenure, but Rousey made her look like a rag doll last night.
She'll need some time off before rebounding against a top-ranked contender; a bout with the winner of September's Miesha Tate vs. Rin Nakai bout in Japan would make sense for Davis.
Ronda Rousey continued her blitz through the UFC women's division with another quick first round finish of Alexis Davis. With her striking rapidly approaching her top shelf grappling, will anyone be able to offer "Rowdy" a challenge?