Last night’s Strikeforce title-fight between bantamweights Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate lived up to fans’ expectations by delivering a fast-paced, entertaining bout between two rivals with a brutal finish to boot. As fans saw, Rousey latched on to Tate’s arm in the closing minute of the fight’s first frame and torqued it violently to force a tap-out.
Shortly after winning Tate’s belt with an opening round Armbar the new champ spoke with ShoSports where she elaborated on her victory as well as what’s next for her.
“I was expecting anything – I was expecting five rounds or one round. She really impressed me with how she savvy she was on the ground with her defense,” the 25-year old explained on her preparation for the main event match-up. “I expected her to come out swinging. That’s part of the reason why I tried to get in her head so much before the fight because I feel like if you challenge someone’s womanhood or manhood they tend to be a lot less tentative and tactical with their matches. They tend to fight more with their ego, with their emotions, than with strategy.”
In terms of who she’ll likely make her initial title-defense against, Rousey remained open to suggestion and put it in the hands of the public (as well as her bosses at Zuffa).
“Whatever the fans want. Fans want to see a rematch or they want to see me fight Sarah Kaufman next or whatever…I’m game. That’s my job. I’m the champ now,” Rousey stated, also mentioning she had her mind on something else in the more-immediate future…buffalo wings!
Watch the full interview with Rousey below:
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