Yes, Ronda Rousey’s defense of her bantamweight belt was a statement win. It was also a message to the division that she can put opponents away with strikes as well as submissions. She TKO’d Sara McMann in just 66-seconds and raised her undefeated record to 9-0 and gave opponents another aspect of her game to fear.
Rousey spoke with FOX Sports after her bout to talk about one of her best performances to date:
In the co-main event, former barrista (and former undefeated fighter) Patrick Cummins, was exposed by Daniel Cormier who used his experience and newfound skills at light heavyweight to dismantle Cummins with a quick first round TKO. It wasn’t all bad for Cummins, however. His late notice fight with one of the best in the UFC was rewarded with a UFC paycheck and a promise from UFC president Dana White that he will be back:
UFC 170 was the second time that the UFC implemented ‘Performance’ bonuses as well.
The winners of these bonuses were Stephen Thompson and Ronda Rousey, both of whom won $50,000 for their respective TKO victories.
The still active ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus was a well-deserved welterweight bout between Demian Maia and Rory MacDonald. What began as a close competitive fight turned in to a showing of heart by Maia and killer instinct by MacDonald. Maia lost via unanimous decision but a $50,000 bonus check for him (and opponent Rory MacDonald) may help cushion the blow.
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