Ronda Rousey is now 9-0. The biggest upset of the night was Rousey finishing Sara McMann with a knee to the liver that dropped her to the mat. Herb Dean called the fight at the 1:06 mark in the first round, much to the dismay to anyone who had only bought the PPV to watch this one fight.
While it was up for debate whether or not the title fight fit that billing, one thing that was beyond dispute was that Rousey was the smart pick. It wasn’t even close, really.
McMann crumbled, clutching herself in pain. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight on the spot, possibly a bit too early, but that was ultimately of little consequence. Rousey earned the win, and not just any win, but her first-ever TKO victory.
Rey Trujillo fought Cosmo Alexandre at Legacy Fighting Championship 28 in Arlington, Texas on Friday night. Alexandre, who won his five previous fights in Bellator, landed a vicious knee to Trujillo’s face and knocked him out 3:38 into the 1st round.
As if taking a knee to the face wasn’t bad enough, the referee steps on the back of Trujillo’s head while while trying to break up the ground and pound.
Even after being knocked out, beaten, and stepped on, somehow Trujillo found Romance in the air, taking the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend even after suffering one of worst beatings in his life.
This has to be the first time we’ve seen the losing athlete propose after a sports contest concluded. This is especially noteworthy when you consider the fact that Trujillo just suffered a brain trauma moments before popping the question.
Rousey participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics at 17 and then in 2008, Rousey became the first American woman to win a medal in judo with a bronze finish at the Bejing games. Sara McMann won a silver medal in wrestling for the United States at the 2004 games in the 63 kg weight class.
As Rousey talks about in the video above – from MMA Junkie – these are two world class athletes who chose mixed martial arts after reaching the top of their respective sports.