Female UFC fighters show off Olympic skills
Ronda Rousey reacts after defeating Sara McMann (not pictured) in their UFC bantamweight championship bout at Mandalay Bay, Feb 22, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA. (Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports)
Last Saturday night, UFC 170 went down from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and it correlated nicely with the Olympic spirit as there were three former American Olympians competing in Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann and Daniel Cormier.
B.C.’s own Rory MacDonald (16-2) was also on the card, and he and Brazilian Demian Maia (18-6) went toe-to-toe for three rounds. The Kelowna native did an excellent job surviving the first round from his back, but returned in the second round with some precision striking that had Maia on wobbly legs for the remainder of the bout. MacDonald looked more aggressive this time around and it was a nice win (unanimous decision) for the Canadian who is definitely in the mix for a welterweight title shot sometime in 2014.
Former American Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier (14-0) had a date with Rashad Evans in the 205-pound division, but due to an injury to Evans, a last-minute replacement was found in a coffee shop. Cormier’s former wrestling training partner and relative unknown Patrick Cummins (4-1) was fired from his job at a coffee house when he took the fight on a week’s notice. There was some useless trash talk that added some hype to the lead to the matchup, but in the end, Cormier won via mauling, er, TKO within the first minute of the first round. Cummins will be rewarded with another fight in the UFC. Cormier may need another win against a tougher opponent before he gets a Jon Jones date.
Rousey (9-0) realized quickly that her Olympic bronze medal level of judo was not going to work against McMann (7-1-0), who was able to negate the flips with her silver medal level of wrestling. Both women traded big punches, but all it took was a Rousey knee to the liver to drop McMann to the canvas. Add an early stoppage by referee Herb Dean, and the victory was secured for Rousey via TKO. The fight shouldn’t have been stopped and McMann deserves a rematch.
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