Rousey defends title, submits Kaufman in less than a minute

Sunday, August 19, 2012

“Rousey by armbar.”

The three words are quickly becoming a significant entry in the MMA lexicon. The move itself has become so dominant that it’s more about when than about if it is coming.

After Saturday night’s Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman main event, it’s six fights, six first-round armbar submissions by the bantamweight champion, who pulled off the trick in just 54 seconds this time.

Ronda Rousey’s latest victim was Sarah Kaufman, a former champion who had been beaten just once in 16 career fights.

Rousey scored a takedown inside of the first 20 seconds and immediately attacked with the armbar. Kaufman defended the initial surge, but Rousey had latched on and wasn’t going to let go until she had it. The two played tug of war for what must have seemed like an eternity for Kaufman, but in reality landed just around 20 seconds. And finally, Rousey won, locking out her hips and hyperextending Kaufman’s elbow, and the challenger was forced to tap.

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Title Fight Ronda Rousey Vs. Sarah Kaufman
Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5) – Fight was for the Bantamweight Title
Name Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey
Height 5′ 6″ (167.64 cm)
Weight 145 (65.77 kg)
Record 5-0-0


Name Sarah Kaufman Sarah Kaufman
Height 5′ 5″ (165.1 cm)
Weight 135 (61.23 kg)
Record 15-1-0
-Ronda Rousey defeated Sarah Kaufman by Submission (Armbar, 1st Round, 0:54)