Ronda Rousey showed the world just how hard she’s been working on those hands to further solidify herself as a dominant UFC champion. Her performance tonight against Alexis Davis was 16 seconds of perfection.
Rousey started her career as a professional with eight straight victories via armbar. We didn’t see her do a whole lot with her hands in those fights, it was the one knock on her game. Earlier this year in Vegas we learned that she could indeed finish a fight with her striking. A deadly knee to the liver of fellow Olympian Sara McMann earned her the first TKO victory of her career. Tonight she got her first KO.
Davis earned her title shot after earning a hard-fought split decision victory over Jessica Eye at UFC 170, the same card Ronda defeated McMann on, to extend her winning streak to five. She came into this fight as a legit number contender for the belt. No one can take that away from her. What Rousey just did though made her look like an amateur.
Before Davis could even settle in Rousey stunned her with a straight right hand that was preceded by a jab. Then the Judo switch flipped on and Davis was on her back unable to move her head or her arm. Rousey had them both trapped and unloaded nearly a dozen of unanswered punches to the face. Davis was already limp after a handful of shots which forced referee Yves Lavigne to rescue her as soon as humanly possible.
Rousey’s 16-second KO goes down as the second quickest in UFC title fight history. Andrei Arlovski’s KO of Paul Buentello at UFC 55. Ronda is now 10-0 after this, the 5th defense of her world title. She is officially no longer a one trick pony.
Final Result: Ronda Rousey defeats Alexis Davis via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:16