Three Stars from a whirlwind weekend of MMA: Rousey, Benavidez and Kampmann

Maggie Hendricks

An overshadowed weekend of fights still managed to deliver, as both UFC on FX 2 and Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Tate gave MMA fans plenty of fights to remember. Out of the two events, who really stood out? Here are Cagewriter's Three Stars. Tell us yours in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter.

No. 1 star -- Ronda Rousey: Her win over Miesha Tate at Strikeforce on Saturday lasted longer than her collected MMA career before the fight, but it still ended the same way: first-round armbar. Rousey faced her most talented foe, handled Tate's striking, and won with a submission that made stomachs turn around the country. Next, she will most likely defend her belt against Sarah Kaufman.

No. 2 star -- Joe Benavidez: Lost in the chaos of the Demetrious Johnson/Ian McCall draw was Benavidez and his Knockout of the Night performance at UFC on FX 2 on Friday. It took him just 11 seconds in the second round to take out Yasuhiro Urushitani, who was on a five-fight win streak heading into Friday's bout. Benavidez punched his ticket to the final of the flyweight tournament, but now has to wait for the McCall-Johnson rematch.

No. 3 star -- Martin Kampmann: Perhaps it was Kampmann's plan from the beginning -- let Thiago Alves beat him up for 14 minutes. Then, when Alves made the mistake of a lazy takedown attempt, pow! Lay on the guillotine and submit him at 4:12 in the third round. OK, maybe that wasn't his plan, but it worked out for him anyway. Not only did he get his second win in a row, but he walked away with a Submission of the Night bonus.

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