Olympic bronze medallist in judo “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey wasted little time in picking up her second Strikeforce victory tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rousey submitted Julia “The Jewel” Budd at Strikeforce Challengers 20 with a 39-second armbar that left Budd’s right elbow visibly dislocated.
Tonight’s fight could be the last time that Rousey competes at 145 pounds for the foreseeable future, however. Following her win, Rousey campaigned for a title fight with Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha “Takedown” Tate, and challenged number one contender Sarah Kaufman.
Rousey (4-0-0) immediately closed the distance and looked to clinch with Budd (2-2-0), but ate a pair of counter hooks on the way in. She was unfazed and took Budd to the mat, then moved right to mount. Rousey quickly spun into an armbar and Budd rolled to try to escape. Rousey dislocated Budd’s right elbow with the armbar, but Budd refused to tap out. Only when Rousey rolled back over and wrenched back on the arm did Budd finally submit.
Winner: Ronda Rousey by Submission (Armbar) at 0:39 of round one. She improves to 4-0-0.
To date, none of Rousey’s pro or amateur bouts has lasted even one minute in length. The dominant win tonight could have potentially placed Rousey in line for a shot at Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, but she has instead set her sights on the 135-pound belt held by Tate. In post-fight comments, Rousey stated her intentions to face Tate. However, she noted that she was open to first challenging top contender Kaufman to ensure that “Tate didn’t lose first.”
Now one of the fastest-rising female stars in mixed martial arts, Rousey’s victory tonight put a stamp on a remarkable 2011 campaign that saw her win four times in a combined time of just 138 seconds.