Ronda Rousey earned her first finish that isn't an armbar, grabbing a technical knockout of Sara McMann in the main event at UFC 170 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Rousey landed a knee to McMann's body that sent the challenger collapsing to the floor, signaling referee Herb Dean to stop the fight at 1:06 of the opening round.
“We studied her videos and noticed no one ever really tried to hit her to the body,” Rousey said, following the win. “We felt that it was the best thing to concentrate on the liver shot for this camp.”
Both fighters came out of the corners swinging, trading punches before locking in a clinch against the cage. While tied up, both fighters landed knees to the body, but it was Rousey who landed a perfect knee to the rib cage, making McMann fall to the canvas.
“I just thought if I stayed consistent to that one spot it would eventually work,” she said.
For a brief period, McMann remained on the ground while her opponent swarmed in and landed strikes from the top. The referee stepped in, just as McMann began to return to her feet. The action prompted social media to buzz about an early stoppage, but McMann blamed only herself for the TKO loss, holding no blame on Dean for putting a halt to the action.
“I was trying to get back up. It's my own fault,” McMann said. “If you see a fighter drop, then he's got to protect us. I should have gotten back to my feet quicker.”
With the UFC 170 win, Rousey picks up the ninth win of her career, keeping her record unblemished as she awaits her next challenger.
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