Seven fights, seven finishes, seven minutes.
Rising women’s MMA star Ronda Rousey once again showed she’s a forced to be reckoned with, submitting Julia Budd by armbar in 39 seconds at Strikeforce Challengers 20 event Friday night at the Pearl at the Palms.
“I’m a 10 on a scale of nine excited. I felt her arm pop out but we were instructed not to say anything to the referee so I stretched it out harder and luckily she flipped over and everyone was able to see it so they stopped the fight,” said the 24-year-old Rousey, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist in judo who has finished all seven of her fights since switching to MMA in August 2010 in under a minute.
Not to be outdone, Lumumba Sayers came out and knocked out Antwain Britt in just 28 seconds in the main event.
“The glory is not mine, the glory is God’s,” said Sayers who improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in Strikeforce. “This camp was excellent. Everyone stayed on me and got me prepared for this fight.
“I expected him to over-commit on his punches, so I waited for that to happen and threw all my power on him. I was just glad I was able to connect and give the fans a great knockout.”
Russian Adlan Amagov had a highlight reel knockout out of Anthony Smith, while Trevor Smith choked out T.J. Cook, and Greg Jackson-disciple Derek Brunson scored a unanimous decision victory over Nate James in the other matches on the Showtime-televised main card.
Budd started the offense connecting with two big punches at the very start, but the shorter Rousey quickly got her against the fence and was able to take her down. Rousey wasted little time and immediately slapped on the arm bar and torqued the hold, which actually popped Budd’s shoulder out of its socket as the crowd groaned.
“I’m disappointed in my performance,” said Budd, who was holding her arm in the cage. “She’s very strong. She was able to get me down and do what she does best.”
But what Rousey does best, she now wants to do at a lighter weight, dropping down to 135 pounds and challenging Miesha Tate for the bantamweight title.
“I want Sarah Kaufman for the right to fight Meisha Tate for the title,” said an excited Rousey.