Ronda Rousey Armbar Submits Cat Zingano in 14 Seconds at UFC 184

By Brian Knapp Feb 28, 2015
Misguided aggression did not serve Cat Zingano well.

Ronda Rousey submitted Zingano with an armbar in the first round of their brief UFC 184 headliner, as she retained the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight crown on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was over in just 14 seconds.

Zingano (9-1, 2-1 UFC) fired a flying knee right out of the gate and wandered recklessly into the clinch. She tossed Rousey to the canvas with an ill-advised throw, but the champion scrambled immediately to the back, pinned the challenger’s exposed limb underneath her armpit and calmly cranked on the maneuver for the finish. Rousey (11-0, 5-0 UFC) has stopped all 11 of her opponents, seven of them in less than a minute.

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Debuting Holm Decisions Pennington

In the women’s bantamweight co-main event, Jackson-Wink MMA representative Holly Holm walked away from her much-hyped organizational debut with a split decision over Raquel Pennington. Two of the three cageside judges scored it for the unbeaten Holm: 29-28 and 30-27. A third cast a dissenting 29-28 nod in favor of Pennington (5-5, 2-2 UFC).

Holm (8-0, 1-0 UFC) worked well at range, applying pressure with accurate punches to the head and a steady diet of kicks to the body. The former Legacy Fighting Championship titleholder shut down Pennington’s takedown attempts and piled up the points on the feet, firing the occasional head kick with ill intent.

A graduate of Season 18 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Pennington landed sporadically throughout the first 10 minutes but saved her best effort for round three. There, she drew Holm into more of a firefight, negated her footwork, briefly floored her with a right hand to the chest and bloodied her nose. Still, Holm steered clear of real danger and exited the cage with her hand raised.

Ellenberger Taps Returning Koscheck

Reign MMA’s Jake Ellenberger submitted Josh Koscheck with a second-round north-south choke in a featured clash at 170 pounds. Koscheck (17-9, 15-9 UFC) tapped out 4:20 into round two, the maneuver leaving him foaming at the mouth.

Koscheck enjoyed early success, as he struck for a takedown inside the first minute and later trapped “The Juggernaut” along the cage, attacking with foot stomps and close-range knees. In the second round, however, Ellenberger (30-9, 9-5 UFC) began to score with his hands, and Koscheck was in visible distress due to damage to his left eye. He pushed into another clinch, only to wander into Ellenberger’s clutches. The Nebraskan bit down on a figure-four guillotine before transitioning to the fight-ending north-south choke, eliciting the tapout after an extended struggle.

The 37-year-old Koscheck has lost his last four fights.

Jouban Snipes Aussie Walsh

Resurrection Fighting Alliance alum Alan Jouban wiped out Richard Walsh with a first-round standing elbow and follow-up punches in a welterweight showcase. Walsh (8-3, 1-2 UFC) met his end in the arms of referee John McCarthy 2:19 into round one.

Both men came out firing, throwing caution to the wind with aggressive punches up high and kicks to the legs and body. Jouban (11-3, 2-1 UFC) closed the distance near the fence, cracked the Australian with an exquisite standing elbow to the side of the head and then polished off “The Ultimate Fighter Nations” semifinalist with a right hook and follow-up shots.

Jouban, 32, has won four of his past five bouts.

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Ferguson Choke Submits Tibau

“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 13 winner Tony Ferguson submitted American Top Team’s Gleison Tibau with a first-round rear-naked choke in a featured lightweight scrap. Tibau (33-11, 16-9 UFC) conceded defeat 2:37 into round one, his modest three-fight winning streak snapped in decisive fashion.

Ferguson (18-3, 8-1 UFC), who will carry a five-fight winning streak into his next outing, masked kicks to the body and legs with stinging punches. He staggered Tibau with a right hand behind the ear, drove him to the canvas with punches and softened him with ground-and-pound. “El Cucuy” then advanced to the back, flattened out Tibau and cinched a back-to-the-mat choke for the finish.

The 31-year-old Ferguson became just the second man -- Joe Stevenson was the first -- to submit Tibau.


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