UFC 168 took place December 28, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Undefeated UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (8-0) locked horns once again with her hated rival, fellow TUF 17 coach Miesha Tate (13-5), in the night's co-headlining bout, which aired live on pay-per-view. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on Rousey's latest armbar victory, check out the play-by-play by MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall.
Round 1: Mario Yamasaki to ref this women's bantamweight championship bout. No glove touch. Just scowl. They come out swinging! Tate ate a good shot. Now Rousey working for a trip. Tate yields a little, but keeps on her feet. They are on fence, and Rousey slamming knees into Tate's thighs. Now Tate is on her back, and Rousey lands big shots. Rousey picks her up and wants to slam, but Tate goes for armbar. Now it's Tate getting top position. Rousey working on a triangle and pounding home fists to Tate, who is keeping her pressure on. Tate battling through the triangle attempt. For now anyway. Rousey rotating and trying to get a better purchase. And now Tate pops up and they swing! Big punches landing! Tate at first, and then she lands a big one on Rousey! Straight right. Rousey takes Tate back down and goes to work. Hammerfists, and Tate reverses! Rousey somersaults back up. And now Rousey with another take down as the crowd chants "MIESHA!" They are back up. Great first round. Back-and-forth action. Tate with blood coming out of her nose. And she will survive. Tate becomes the first fighter to reach the second round with Rousey. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Rousey.
Round 2: Tate smiling as we start the second. And they meet at center and throw wild again. Rousey dumps Tate on her back and takes her time wading into guard. She lands a great upkick, and now a couple more. Wow. They stand, and Rousey trips Tate back down violently. Rousey again can't keep Tate down. Yet, no sooner does she get up (smiling) than Rousey grabs her leg and drives her down along the fence. Rousey landing short lefts to Tate's head. Now as Tate stands she throws knees into Tate's thighs. Posting Tate up, and working body shots. Rousey keeping her head buried behind Tate's ear and landing at will on fence, and setting up take down -- and there it is, another trip and, with a loud thud, Tate is back down. Tate now slips her leg over Rousey's head and tries for an inverted triangle, but Rousey pops out. Now she is working for armbar, briefly. Let's it go and works ground and pound. Rousey latches onto the arm and tries for another armbar! Tate doesn't panic, and rolls out. It's all Rousey though. Rousey with a body lock and she is just laying waste to Tate's rib cage with elbows. Once again she tries to pry Tate's arm away for an armbar, but can't get it. Tate looks like she'll survive to see a third round, but she took a sound beating in the second. MMA Fighting scores R2 for Rousey 10-9 (20-18 overall).
Round 3: Third round starts with both fighters meeting at center in an exchange, and Rousey pushes Tate to fence. Rousey now controlling the challenger, and she trips Tate down, but Tate rolls and nearly gets reverse. Rousey grabs Tate's leg below the knee and rolls her over. Now she snatches the arm again, this time cleanly and...boom, there it is! Rousey's eighth armbar in as many fights. Tate taps!
UFC 168 results: Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) at :58 of R3