For the first time in her career, Ronda Rousey was taken past the first round this past Saturday by her arch-rival, Miesha Tate.
Hopefully Miesha can find a small moral victory in avoiding the almost unavoidable first-round armbar from Ronda, because – as the Fight Metric report shows us – she was completely dominated in every other facet of the fight.
Ronda took Miesha down more often, and with more success. Ronda passed Miesha’s guard. Ronda transitioned to submission attempts. Ronda busted Miesha open, and then finally, Ronda closed the fight out with a third-round armbar.
But if that wasn’t bad enough, Ronda also found an overwhelming amount of success in the one area that Miesha was thought to be the most dangerous in: the striking department.
Ronda out-struck Miesha in every single round. Sometimes with a disparity of over 100 strikes. A very hard pill to swallow for Miesha, I’m sure, after professing to the media that she would exploit the holes in Ronda’s stand-up game.
At the press conference, Miesha was obviously very upset about the loss. She was quiet, withdrawn and borderline catatonic. Understandably so, after losing in such a dominant fashion to a woman who had been insulting her at every turn for well over a year.
And to add a little salt in the gaping wound, Ronda was given fight of the night (as was Miesha) and submission of the night bonuses for her obliteration of “Cupcake”. $150,000 in total.
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