Ronda Rousey continued to tighten the stranglehold she has on women's mixed martial arts (MMA) after defeating Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184, which went down last night (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
And it took all of 14 seconds.
After another impressive title defense (recap here) -- her fifth straight since becoming the first women's champion inside the Octagon two years ago -- "Rowdy" is leaving a
trail cloud of dust between her and the rest of he colleagues, proving once again she is without a doubt the best female MMA fighter on the planet.
Despite this other recent impressive performance.
After demolishing Alexis Davis in 16 seconds at UFC 175 in July 2014 -- scoring the fastest knockout in women's history in the process -- all "Rowdy" did in her next outing was beat that record by two seconds, setting another record for fastest submission.
And wouldn't you know it, an armbar (or a variation of it), of all things.
It's amazing, really, you know it's coming, her foes know it's coming; and yet, nothing can seemingly be done to stop it. Cat tried her best to catch the champ by surprise with a flying knee, but all that did was get Rousey the body contact she needed to grab a hold of her and use her judo skills to obtain the position she needed to secure her trademark move.
And it was beautiful thing to watch.
Like a spider weaving its web, Rousey carefully and systematically worked her magic and in a blank of an eye, Zingano was tapping for dear life.
No disrespect to her past opponents, but Rousey's makes this fighting thing look easy. These days, Ronda's bouts could pass for Vines. Zingano was supposed to be the one to take Rousey to deep water, test her and make her dig deep and pull out the rest of her arsenal. In other words, she was supposed to be her Frazier to her Ali.
Instead, it was same old, same old.
Yes, Rousey may have robbed the fight world of what could've been an epic fight, but she provided fight fans another highlight reel finish that is hard to complain about. It's what she does.
It's what she will continue to do.
Just two years into her reign as the bantamweight champion and Rousey is close to cleaning out the women's 135-pound division. And before you all start complaining about how thin it is, just look at the co-main event. Holly Holm, one of the best boxers in the world, was taken the distance by Raquel Pennington.
Look at any other women's bantamweight fight over the past year, for that matter, and I'd dare you to tell me the last time we've seen such dominant and convincing victories.
The division is far from thin my friends. Rousey is simply in a league of her own.