Ronda Rousey once again showed why she is the best WMA fighter in the UFC with her third round armbar victory over Miesha Tate at UFC 168. The fight was by far the longest of Rousey's career, the first time she'd been outside of the first round, but she looked dominant throughout, including seeming much better in her striking.
Here's how the Bloody Elbow live blog called the final two rounds:
R2: Tate catches Rousey coming in but Rousey tosses her to the canvas easily. Tate clips her with a few legit up-kicks from guard and Rousey backs off. They connect and Tate sails to the mat. She's able to slip free but the same process is repeated. Rousey holds her against the fence during the ensuing escape and Tate tries to establish her balance with an underhook. Rousey flows into another hip toss and looks to trap the arm but Tate counters with an arm attack of her own, and almost gets it.
Rousey recovers and falls back with an armbar that looks locked in, but Tate shows unreal heart and technique in her next escape. Again they entangle in a blurry scramble and Rousey emerges with the arm trapped. This time Rousey locks Tate's head with her legs, securing an inverted triangle as Tate's in the turtle position. 10-9 Rousey.
R3: Tate makes no attempt to retreat and goes down quickly again after connecting with Rousey. The champ somehow just ends up in armbar position after a scramble and elicits the tapout this time.