UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, defended her title successfully for the second time at UFC 168, submitting Miesha Tate in the third round with her patented armbar. All eight professional victories have come by the armbar submission, all but her most recent fight ending in the first round.
Former Olympic wrestling silver medalist, Sara McMann made the right first impression in her UFC debut, finishing Sheila Gaff in the first round via TKO. She remains undefeated in her young mixed martial arts carter, including key wins over Hitomi Akano and Shayna Baszler.
The eighteenth season of the Ultimate Fighter debuts on September 4th on FOX Sports 1, featuring coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate. For the first time in the show’s history, the 32 competitors will feature both male and female fighters. Both the men and women will compete in the bantamweight division. The full cast is as follows:
Former Olympic judo medalist, Ronda Rousey continued her dominance in the women’s bantamweight division with another first round armbar victory over Liz Carmouche at UFC 157. That’s now an unprecedented seventh straight first round victory, all coming by armbar stoppages.
With an injury to Cat Zingano, Miesha Tate gets a shot at UFC gold and a chance to avenge her loss to Rousey in March of last year, which saw Rousey taking the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title. In her UFC debut, Tate lost to Zingano via third round TKO at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.
Notable Wins: Julia Budd, Miesha Tate, Sarah Kaufman
7-2 MMA / UFC Debut
2 Fight Win Streak
Notable Wins: Jan Finney, Kaitlin Young
February 23rd, 2013
Newly-crowned UFC women’s bantamweight champion and Olympic medalist in judo, Ronda Rousey made history when she became the first woman to sign with the promotion. Rousey became the face of women’s MMA on her journey to become the Strikeforce 135-pound champion, winning all six of her professional MMA bouts in the first round via armbar. Only former champion, Miesha Tate lasted longer than the minute mark in the opening round.
Liz Carmouche has earned to right to spoil Rousey’s entrance to the UFC on the heels of a two-fight win streak. Carmouche has back-to-back stoppage victories against Ashleigh Curry and Kaitlin Young under the all-women’s MMA promotion, Invicta FC.