Did Ronda Rousey benefit from a premature stoppage at UFC 170? | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Ronda Rousey retained her Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight crown with a first-round technical knockout over Sara McMann in the UFC 170 headliner on Feb. 22 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. A knee strike to the liver folded McMann 66 seconds into round one, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist beaten for the first time as a professional.
McMann tagged the champion with power punches during their initial exchange, but Rousey closed the distance and trapped her along the cage. Standing elbows and knees opened up the challenger for the fight-ending blow. McMann collapsed to her knees upon absorbing the liver shot, leading referee Herb Dean to intervene on her behalf. Many considered the stoppage premature, but McMann did not dispute it in the immediate aftermath.
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