It was a gruesome weekend in MMA, with the war of words between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate ending in a savage, elbow (and eye)-popping armbar. The highly-anticipated March 3 fight between defending women’s bantamweight champion Tate and “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey was the first time Strikeforce gave Mixed Martial Arts fans something to get excited about. With all the hype leading up to the fight, the event delivered on both excitement and cringe-worthy drama. Get the full blow-by-blow at Cage Potato. When the bell rang in round one, Tate came out swinging, landing the first strike. Rousey, though, stayed calm in the face of rushing bull Tate, and managed to take her down. On the ground, she attempted—and failed—to end the fight with her signature move, the armbar. Tate managed to get free, but not before her elbow bent at a strange angle and was dislocated. Tate miraculously recovered and the fight continued, with Rousey having to break herself free from many bad positions on the ground. Drawing on her judo experience, Rousey eventually landed Tate on the ground with a hip toss. As Tate fought to defend herself, Rousey locked her in the final armbar, once again bending her arm in a way that no arm should ever bend. All this by 4:27 in round one, Rousey’s longest fight to date. Watch the full fight video. Rousey walked away with the champion belt. Tate left with a dislocated elbow.
The highly-anticipated Tate vs. Rousey fight didn't disappoint.