After all the talk and drama, it ended the same way it always does with Ronda Rousey.
Rousey defended her UFC bantamweight title by tapping out Miesha Tate at 58 seconds of the third round.
Tate showed heart in pushing Rousey to the third round, but she just couldn’t compete with her superior judo and strength.
“She’s an amazing fighter,” Rousey said after the fight. “I really respect her. She did a great job.”
The crowd booed heavily after the fight. After Tate tapped, she went to shake Rousey’s hand, but Rousey glared at her and walked away.
“For me family comes before anything,” Rousey said. “I can’t shake the hand of someone who spits on my back.”
Rousey thanked her mother, who taught her judo.
“I want to say thanks to my mom,” Rousey said. “I love you so much for teaching me everything.”
Tate, who came to the ring with Katy Perry’s “Roar” playing, said Rousey was a better fighter.
“I have nothing bad to say,” Tate said. “She showed up tonight and I didn’t. I have no excuses. She’s the better fighter tonight.”
Tate said she was surprised by Rousey’s right hand in the fight.
She told the fans she was grateful for their support.
“I am getting better every day,” Tate said. “I hope everyone enjoyed this.”
Round 1: Miesha Tate came out swinging, forcing Rousey to go for a judo takedown.
Tate stuffed the takedown and Rousey eventually backed off. Rousey took her down with a leg kick and then passed Tate’s guard.
Rousey had her in a triangle choke, but Tate slipped out and then landed a few big right hands on Rousey’s face. The two slugged it out and Tate came up bleeding from the mouth.
Rousey took her down with a judo throw with less than a minute left in the round.
Rousey couldn’t do much from the top position and stood up.
Round 2: Rousey landed a big right hand to start the round and then leg tripped her down. Tate landed several up-kicks and Rousey backed off. Rousey took her down with a judo throw again, but Tate fought her way back up. Rousey took her down again.
The crowd was chanting for Miesha.
After the two battled against the cage, Rousey took her down with a Judo throw. Tate went for an armbar of her own, but lost the position and Rousey almost slapped it on. Rousey gave it up and then got on top.
Rousey got the armbar, but Tate miraculously pulled out of it by rolling with it. Rousey moved from the armbar to a triangle choke. Tate survived the last 30 seconds of the round with Rousey’s legs wrapped around her head.
Round 3: Rousey tied her up against the cage to start the round, then took her down and submitted her with an armbar.