There’s no one like Ronda Rousey and she only needed seconds to prove it. The champion decimated opponent Alexis Davis on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas when she defended her Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight at UFC 175.
Rousey’s walk to the ring practically took longer than the entire fight. The 27-year-old champion asserted her dominance by catching Davis with a punch, knee, then did a judo hip toss. The fight had to be called once Rousey got her in an arm bar and began to unleash multiple blows to Davis’ head.
Her finish was the second-fastest knockout in UFC title bout history, ESPN reported, but not by much. Andrei Arlovski holds the title after his 15-second finish against Paul Buentello at UFC 55 in October 2005.
According to the Bleacher Report, Rousey’s striking skills had improved remarkably since past fights.
"I box six days a week," Rousey told broadcaster Joe Rogan in the cage after the fight. “I grapple and wrestle four days a week altogether, so I have more to catch up on my striking, so I do that the most."
The Bleacher Report deemed Rousey’s win “scary,” especially given her opponents credentials. The champion treated Davis like a rookie even though she is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was riding a five-fight winning streak coming into UFC 175.
Twitterati were impressed with Rousey and took to the 140-character social media site to discuss the impressive 16-second KO. Some of their messages have been posted below:
— Hans Gutknecht (@HansGutknecht) July 6, 2014
Ronda Rousey winning her match in 16 seconds she's a beast !!!!!!!
— Keith Santagato (@KeithSantagato) July 6, 2014
Ronda Rousey!!! 16 Seconds!!! Rousey ended that fight like she got plans for tonight and was in a rush #UFC175
— You Better Believe (@SwearToGoodness) July 6, 2014
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