Last night, February 22, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ronda Rousey was able to silence all of her critics and proved her stand-up was just as dangerous as her ground game. She accomplished that 66 seconds into the first round with a Technical Knock-Out (TKO) of Sara McMann. McMann was called Rousey’s toughest opponent yet and she came into the ring hoping to prove it. Unfortunately, like so many other Rousey opponents, McMann fell short of that goal. Interestingly, she wasn’t beaten by Rousers trademark arm bar like so many other Rousey opponents that came before her.
At the opening of Round One Rousey and McMann engaged in a heated exchange with each landing significant shots to one another. In a clinch, Rousey was able to deliver a serious knee strike to McMann’s liver. A few more short strikes later referee, Herb Dean, stepped in to stop the fight.
The early fight stoppage by Dean was reminiscent of UFC 169. McMann was rising to her feet when the fight was called. Dean called the UFC 170 match between Renan Barao and Urijah Faber under similar circumstances. This is the second time in a row that Herb Dean has made questionable TKO calls.
In UFC 169, Herb Dean called a stop to Uriah Faber’s fight against Renan Barao. This was done despite Faber’s verbal assurance that he was alright to continue the fight and giving Dean the “thumbs up” sign.
Regardless of the controversy over the UFC 170 fight stoppage, Rousey continues her reign as the UFC’s women’s Bantamweight Champion.
All of the build-up and verbal exchanges leading up to the co-main event of the night came to a head as Daniel Cormier silenced Patrick Cummins in quick fashion. Cummins came out looking to prove his trash talk was not meaningless diatribe. This was accomplished with a quick TKO-producing uppercut that put Cummins on his heels and then on his back. Cormier congratulated Cummins after the fight for his effort and wished him future success in the ring.
With Cummins falling short Cormier will have look further down into the Light Heavyweight Division for his next fight. That being said, this has not helped Cormier in the standings. He will need to fight a true ranked fighter in the future before he can hope for a shot at the division title.