Ronda Rousey Breaks Multiple Records – Including Fastest Title Defense Turnaround In UFC History
First and foremost, Rousey successfully defended her bantamweight championship two times within 56 days, making her the proud owner of the “quickest turnaround between title defenses” record. And although Matt Hughes also attempted to defend his belt twice in the same amount of days (56), he failed to defend the welterweight strap, losing his bout with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 65.
Rousey’s three-fight UFC winning streak is tied with Alexis Davis for the longest active streak in the women’s bantamweight division.
Rousey earned the first non-armbar submission victory of her professional career; she stopped McMann with strikes at the 1:06 mark of Round 1 for her first-ever knockout victory.
Rousey’s quick finish was the fastest knockout in UFC women’s bantamweight history and the sixth fastest knockout in UFC title fight history behind Andrei Arlovski (UFC 55), Frank Shamrock (UFC 16), Tito Ortiz (UFC 30) , Vitor Belfort (UFC 46) and Junior dos Santos (UFC on FOX 1).
Rousey’s knockout stemmed from a knee to the body, marking just the second time in UFC history a title fight has ended with a strike to the body (Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Serra at UFC 83). The knockdown that led to the finish was the first to stem from a standing strike in 22 UFC women’s bantamweight fights.
Rousey’s 66-second victory marked the shortest UFC main event since dos Santos’ 64-second knockout of Cain Velasquez at UFC on FOX 1 in November 2011. It was also the shortest UFC title fight since that same dos Santos vs. Velasquez bout.
Rousey’s four first-round finishes in UFC/Strikeforce women’s bantamweight competition are the most in history. The only fighter to come close to Rousey in the category is Amanda Nunes, who has earned two such finishes.
Love her or hate her, Ronda Rousey is making quite a name for herself in the history books of the UFC.