Ronda Rousey KO’s Alexis Davis in 16 seconds at UFC 175
LAS VEGAS — Rousey by KO is the new Rousey by armbar.
The UFC women’s bantamweight champion had the most dominant performance of her dominant career, stopping Alexis Davis in 16 seconds.
The fight was a blur. Rousey wobbled Davis with a right hand behind the ear, landed a knee, used a judo throw to put Davis on the mat, and landed a series of undefended punches until Davis was unconscious.
The blinding finish of the UFC 175 co-main event sent a jolt through the Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd.
Of course, big things had been expected from Rousey, who came into the fight as 10-to-1 favorite, but most expected something a little … longer.
Davis, a 7-year-pro, is renowned for her toughness, and most thought that combined with her Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt would at least offer some resistance. Instead, it was a blowout.
Amazingly, it was the 7th sub 1-minute win in Rousey’s career, though it was the fastest among the bunch. She is now 10-0 after her second straight KO win. The last came against Sara McMann in February. Prior to that, all eight of her wins had come by armbar submission.
The striking improvement shows the continued evolution of her game. Her trainer Edmond Tarverdyan had predicted a knockout to FOX Sports prior to the bout.
Afterward, the champion was asked about the possibility of fighting on the Aug. 2 UFC 176 card, which is in need of a main event after UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo withdrew due to injury. Rousey said that she has already been scheduled for a knee surgery, but that she would speak with her fight team first before making a concrete decision either way.
Despite her injury, if she fights, she’ll most likely be considered a lopsided favorite again, and probably will be for the foreseeable future.
Davis, who had come into the fight riding a five-fight win streak, fell to 16-6.