Ronda Rousey’s Saturday night submission victory over Sarah Kaufman lasted just 54 seconds, but the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion says she was in no hurry to seal the deal.

The former Olympic judo bronze medalist applied one of her trademark armbars on Kaufman less than 30 seconds into their titular headliner at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif., and soon after added the former champion to her list of first-round victims.

“It’s cool how I’ve had to change all my habits from judo,” Rousey (Pictured, file photo) told Showtime Sports after her win. “In judo, I have a tendency to rush, because I only have a few seconds to [submit my opponent before the bout is restarted standing]. This time, I got [the armbar], and I was like, ‘Take your time.’” While the submission itself played out methodically, the lead-up to the finish proved tense from the start, as Rousey immediately jabbed her way inside before launching a right hook that occupied Kaufman’s attention while she further closed the gap. Once in the clinch, Rousey failed with a head-and-arm throw but moments later hit a smooth foot sweep that planted Kaufman on her posterior in a sequence that would serve as the beginning of the end for the former champion.

Rousey instantly stepped into mount as Kaufman attempted in vain to regain a seated position. The British Columbia native then tried to roll for an escape, but Rousey quickly snatched the Canadian’s right appendage and dived for her signature armbar, hooking the crook of Kaufman’s knee and flopping her over onto her back. Kaufman appeared well-prepared to defend the submission, however, keeping her arm bolted to her chest and holding on for all she was worth as Rousey slowly began to pry apart her grip. Kaufman continually rolled with the pressure and rotated her shoulder, lasting nearly 30 seconds before Rousey finally ripped apart her hands and finished the hold, forcing Kaufman to tap less than one minute into the hyped championship affair.

“I thought that if I went for it too early that I might lose my position,” said Rousey of the finish. “I feel like I’m developing more as a mixed martial artist that I was able to change my position until I was happy with where I was before I went for it. I feel mature now with this win. I’m more relaxed, and I’m not [rushing] like in my earlier fights.”

Prior to tonight’s contest, Rousey notably supplemented her preparation by spending time with Team Cesar Gracie, a decision she says paid both physical and mental dividends.

“They did a lot in keeping me from plateauing. I feel like changing your environment is really important, in moderation, and they were great,” Rousey said. “They helped me stay motivated and helped me to still enjoy what I’m doing. I think Mike Tyson said that a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter. They were really good about teaching me a whole lot of new things but also making sure that I was enjoying the journey.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Ex-champ Ronda Rousey returns for title fight with Amanda Nunes at UFC 207

  • 9 days ago

Ronda Rousey’s return to the UFC is official, and the former champ will have the opportunity to regain the women’s bantamweight title in her comeback bout.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Julianna Pena on Ronda Rousey: 'While she's been on vacation, the rest of us have been fighting'

  • 7 days ago

Julianna Pena’s instant reaction to Ronda Rousey’s title shot against Amanda Nunes in December raised some eyebrows earlier this week. Today, she walked things back just a little – but is still stick read news >>

Twitter Mailbag: On Ronda Rousey's return, and Greg Hardy's MMA dreams

  • 8 days ago

Is Ronda Rousey’s return to action coming at the right time, and against the right opponent? Is Greg Hardy going to be a welcome presence in MMA after getting run out of the NFL? All that and more in read news >>

Dana White's full interview with Jay and Dan on Fox Sports Live

  • 8 days ago

Dana White sat down with Jay and Dan on 10/12 to talk Ronda Rousey's return, Conor McGregor and more. read news >>

Is Ronda Rousey Mentally Ready for UFC Return? |

  • 8 days ago

Ronda Rousey is scheduled to return to the Octagon to challenge Amanda Nunes, but is she ready? read news >>

Ronda Rousey Returns, Attempting to Bring Order to Chaos | FIGHTLAND

  • 8 days ago

Photo by Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports When Ronda Rousey returns to MMA on Dec. 30, the former women's bantamweight champion revisits a division that's been turned upside down since she left it behind read news >>

Dana White: 'Cyborg' Justino 'smart' for wanting 'red panty night' fight with Ronda Rousey

  • 8 days ago

Everybody still wants to see it, but even years later the tremendous lack of progress toward a Ronda Rousey vs. Cristiane Justino superfight has cast significant doubt about whether the matchup betwe read news >>

Amanda Nunes: 'I'm 100 percent gonna beat Ronda Rousey'

  • 8 days ago

Amanda Nunes is looking forward to facing Ronda Rousey in December.Big news broke in the mixed martial arts industry this week as Ronda Rousey is set to return to the Octagon and challenge Amanda Nun read news >>

Amanda Nunes claims 200-percent chance of beating Ronda Rousey - 'TMZ Sports'

  • 8 days ago

Amanda Nunes is not lacking confidence ahead of her UFC 207 fight against Ronda Rousey. This will be Rousey's first fight since November 2015. read news >>

UFC 207: Can Ronda Rousey Reclaim the Throne?

  • 7 days ago

Ronda Rousey is returning to action at UFC 207. While she undoubtedly remains the face of women's MMA, the real question is if she's still the best fighter in her division.A lot has changed read news >>