There are three things you can watch forever: fire burning, water flowing and her armbars.
The fight between Ronda and Miesha Tate who held the Strikeforce bantamweight title then was Rousey’s first main event in career. The pre-fight heat was huge as both opponents did a lot of trashtalk and then clashed in a famous nose-to-nose faceoff during the weigh-ins. Later Ronda would confess that the war of the words was a part of her plan – she wanted Tate to get more concerned with emotions than tactics.
When Tate and Rousey met in the cage in Columbus, Ohio on March 3, 2012, it was Tate who shot for a takedown first. Ronda countered and soon attempted to catch Miesha in an armbar trap but the champion just slipped away. “She impressed me with how savvy she was on the ground, at least with her defense”, Ronda said after the fight and that was quite true: Tate was one really tough nut to crack. However, the second try was a success, Tate had suffered numerous punches and gave up her back and then her arm and seconds later she was forced to tap as Ronda stretched Tate’s arm in a scary way.
There are many things that may surprise you when you talk about Ronda Rousey, but one of the most exciting things about her is her confidence. Prior to her fight against Miesha Tate she was already sure that her armbar would work: “All the other girls that I’ve fought, they all thought that they knew. They all thought, ‘Those other girls got caught with that, but I’m double jointed,’ or, ‘I have never been submitted before,’ or ‘I have a grappling background.’ She might have all these reasons in her head why she thinks she should win, but she picked up her first singlet when I was training for my first Olympics”.