Ronda Rousey (10-0) vs. Cat Zingano (9-0)
Since Rousey is hated by many, this was supposed to be her “downfall.” Instead, this became her record setter. Ronda set a UFC record by submitting Cat Zingano in 14 seconds with an armbar. Recap of fight? Simple. Bell rings, Cat runs at Ronda full speed. Falls on the ground with a ground fighter (LOL! Right) and loses position to Rousey, followed by a strange backwards armbar that she taps to. Totally stupid way to fight and a big let down.
Ronda Rousey def. Cat Zingano via Submission R1 0:14
Raquel Pennington (5-4) vs. Holly Holm (7-0)
This fight was one of those newbie vs. duck fights. Literally! Pennington is much shorter and thicker, vs Holm who is taller, thinner and with longer limbs. Holly Holm looked very nervous and anxious in the ring, rightfully so; however, Raquel Pennington couldn't capitalize on it. It was a 9 minute fight with Holm screaming before she punches (no I can't guess you're punching, you just screamed it!!!), and Raquel not finding her range. There was a big reach difference between the girls, or at least it looked like it. The whole 3 rounds of 3 minutes each, I was forced to listen to Holly yell and punch the air while Pennington couldn't find her range and was probably busy thinking about her next tattoo. Case and point, fight was horrible and boring.
Results: Holly Holm def. Raquel Pennington via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)
Comment: How was that a split decision? Raquel hit Holm like 10 times the whole fight, while Holm unloaded huge volume (air or not) and did a ton of screaming. Screaming alone was worth an extra point.
Jake Ellenberger (29-9) vs. Josh Koscheck (17-8)
Koscheck was coming off a few lost fights and had some really clear rust on him, but was he really that good? Well, unfortunately for Josh, Jake was much better. In the first round, we saw a power double by Koscheck and the rest of the round was dominated by Ellenberger. Jake completely dominated the fight on the feet the whole time. It seems that in the 2nd round Koschecks left eye had a problem, as he kept flinching from punches. That's the same eye GSP destroyed during the only time Koscheck was on top. The strategy Koscheck chose to employ after the supposed injury was attempted takedowns and hanging on to Jake. It didn't work. During one of the moments where Koscheck was pushing Jake against the fence, Jake locked in a chocke and submitted Koscheck.
Result: Jake Ellenberger def. Josh Koscheck via Submission in round 2