Ronda Rousey's UFC title reign
A look at Ronda Rousey's reign as UFC women's bantamweight champion heading into her next title defense at UFC 175 against Alexis Davis.
Rousey named UFC champion(Credit: AP)
RONDA ROUSEY NAMED UFC CHAMPION
Dec. 6, 2012, in Seattle, Wash.
UFC president Dana White introduced Rousey as the women's bantamweight champion for the first time and said the first women's MMA bout in the UFC would be Rousey against Liz Carmouche and that it would headline a pay-per-view card. Rousey was the reigning Strikeforce champion when the promotion folded into the UFC.
UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche(Credit: Getty)
UFC 157: RONDA ROUSEY VS. LIZ CARMOUCHE
Feb. 23, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif.
Rousey, the undefeated former Olympic medalist, and Carmouche, the former U.S. Marine and the first openly gay fighter in the UFC, orchestrated a thrilling bout ending with an armbar submission from Rousey in the first round. The first female fight in UFC history made an impact that night and beyond. Women since have been featured on “The Ultimate Fighter” as both contestants and coaches, and the UFC added a strawweight division.
UFC 168: Rousey vs. Tate(Credit: AP)
UFC 168: RONDA ROUSEY VS. MIESHA TATE
Dec. 28, 2013, in Las Vegas
A case can be made for this being the biggest rivalry in the UFC in recent years. Rousey and Tate make Tom and Jerry look like BFFs. Tate, the fan favorite, gave Rousey her toughest test, lasting into the third round before being submitted via armbar. The bout ended with Rousey snubbing Tate's handshake.
UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann(Credit: AP)
UFC 170: RONDA ROUSEY VS. SARA MCMANN
Feb. 22, 2014, in Las Vegas
A battle for former Olympic medalists, Rousey stopped McMann in the first round by TKO. It was the first win via something other than an armbar for Rousey (9-0), including her amateur career.
UFC 175: Rousey vs. Davis(Credit: Mario Gonzalez)
UFC 175: RONDA ROUSEY VS. ALEXIS DAVIS
July 5, 2014, in Las Vegas
Rousey needed an Instagram-friendly 16 seconds to toss Davis to the ground with a judo throw, then punch her in the head nine times to earn the knockout victory.
UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano(Credit: AP)
UFC 184: RONDA ROUSEY VS. CAT ZINGANO
Feb. 28, 2015, in Los Angeles
In her previous fight, Rousey was one second shy of setting the UFC record for the fastest finish in a title fight. After submitting Zingano via -- what else? -- an armbar in 14 seconds, Rousey broke the record by one second. The fight ended so quickly, neither fighter registered a thrown punch or kick.