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Ronda Rousey needs just 14 seconds to tap Cat Zingano

Ronda Rousey needs just 14 seconds to tap Cat Zingano

Ronda Rousey extended her reign as UFC women’s bantamweight champion in characteristically dominant fashion, submitting Cat Zingano in 14 seconds to defend her title a fifth time. Rousey (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), 28, finished her opponent even faster than in her previous title defense, a 16-second railroading of Alexis Davis this past July. It was her 11th straight win and ninth via armbar, which she applied as Zingano (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) charged her in the opening seconds of UFC 184’s headliner.MMA: UFC 184-Rousey vs Zingano

The women’s bantamweight title bout was the main event of today’s UFC 184 event at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. UFC President Dana White said today the event is expected to generate a live gate of $2.7 million and was trending toward success on pay-per-view. Zingano, 32, threw a flying knee and then applied a headlock to take Rousey to the mat. But while in motion, the champion reversed position and then scrambled to Zingano’s back. At the same time, Rousey isolated the challenger’s arm, setting up a straight armbar that forced a quick tap from Zingano.

It was the fastest submission in UFC title fight history, beating Frank Shamrock’s 16-second armbar of Kevin Jackson at UFC 15.5. “We were expecting that she might just come out and just do something flying at me right away,” Rousey said afterward. “I originally thought I was going to check (the punch and throw a) left hook, but I just caught her instead. I was actually working on that armbar, not at that angle, but hey, it works.”

Zinging, who suffered the first loss of her professional career and overcame great personal tragedy to fight for the title, was in shock at the turns of events and struggled to contain her emotions.

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