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Ronda Rousey earned the quickest victory in her MMA career in what many thought would be her toughest test.

Rousey turned a flying knee attempt by Cat Zingano into an armbar submission at UFC 184 Saturday night, cleaning out her division in terms of the Top-5.

With the win, Rousey (11-0) earned the fastest win in a title fight inside the Octagon, as Zingano (9-1) tapped in just 14 seconds. That was two seconds quicker than her 2014 knockout of Alexis Davis.

“We actually were expecting she might do something flying right away,” Rousey said. “I thought about checking with a left hook but I caught her instead. I’ve been working on the behind armbar just not from that angle.

“But it works.”

Rousey has spent just 96 seconds inside the cage in her last three title defenses, defeating unbeaten-at-the-time Sara McMann and Davis. The submission was her ninth, but first since tapping out Miesha Tate in 2013.

While Joe Rogan stated that the division is cleaned out, Rousey mentioned both fellow UFC 184 winner Holly Holm and Bethe Correia as possible challengers.

“I was really impressed with Holly,” she said. “And Bethe Correia, I would like to take that zero away from her.”

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The UFC hits Los Angeles tonight with UFC 184, as Ronda Rousey defends her bantamweight belt vs. Cat Zingano.

Action takes place inside the Staples Center, with bouts airing on UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports 1 and pay-per-view. FightLine will have complete coverage all night, including live and free play-by-play.

Rousey (10-0) is the only person to hold the UFC 135-pound belt, having earned it after winning the Strikeforce title. She has successfully defended it four times, including first round finishes of Alexis Davis, Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche.

Zingano (9-0) sports a similar unbeaten record that includes Octagon wins over Amanda Nunes and Miesha Tate.

Other scheduled bouts include Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington, Jake Ellenberger vs. Josh Koscheck, Alan Jouban vs. Richard Walsh and Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau.

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results. Feel free to share your thoughts with me on Twitter, as well.


Masio Fullen vs. Alex Torres

We kick things off in the featherweight division, as Masio Fullen (9-4) meets Alex Torres (2-1). Both were competitors on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America and will be debuting inside the Octagon against one another.

Round 1: Torres lands a huge shot right off the bat, as Fullen came in hard and fast. After that incredible opening, we’ve got a little more patience being shown from both fighters. Lots of leg kicks, but Torres tags him with a straight right that stuns Fullen. Torres going for the kill, landing another right, a combo and he’s got him caught in the clinch. Big shots coming through and Torres is hammering away. Body shot almost doubles over Fullen and Torres is still coming in. Out of nowhere, Fullen with a right of his own that backs him up and gives him some breathing room. Torres does it again, nearly dropping Fullen. He’s trying to finish, but appears winded, which allows Fullen to score a takedown with just over a minute left.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Torres

Round 2: Torres taking it a little slower this round, but is still in complete control. He’s got the clinch, and lands a nice elbow upon release of it. Back to the clinch against the cage, with Torres in control. Fullen with a nice spinning back kick, as he tries to push the tempo and come after Torres. Torres catches him moving in with a straight jab, stunning Fullen.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Fullen

Round 3: Fullen looks the stronger fighter, coming out and hammering away with lefts and rights. But just as soon as he appears to be in control, Torres fires back. Fullen has him hurt, connecting with a hook. He’s putting together combos and has Torres retreating. Blood coming from the nose of Torres and he eats a flying knee right to the body. Three minutes left and Torres just appears to want to survive, as he gets hit with another big-time shot. Torres could be using up all of his energy to try and score a takedown, and he’s denied, with 90 seconds left. Again with a takedown attempt, and again, he’s denied. Huge right misses by Fullen and it allows Torres to land the takedown. Fullen, though, immediately gets back to his feet. Fullen given a hard warning to not grab the fence by Herb Dean but the round is now over.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Fullen

Masio Fullen def. Alex Torres via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro

We’ll conclude the Fight Pass prelims with lightweights James Krause (21-6) and Valmir Lazaro (12-3) meeting up. Krause owns seven triangle submission victories, while Lazaro has stopped each of his last three foes.

Round 1: Krause working the kicks to keep Lazaro at a distance, but now the Brazilian fires back his own kicks. Big kick misses from Krause as he tried to take his head off. Lazaro able to get in a few strikes off the miss. Takedown for Krause, who immediately goes to the back. Lazaro to his feet with Krause working hard to bring him back to the canvas. Again trying for a takedown is Krause, who eats a nasty knee and releases the hold. Lazaro with a left-right combo that connects and he might have him hurt, going to the body and switching stances. Good close to the round for Lazaro.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lazaro

Round 2: Krause gets in deep and lands, but he’s touched up by shots from Lazaro. Again, deep on a takedown, but denied once again. Excellent takedown defense by the Brazilian, as has come to be expected by those who train at Nova Uniao. Right hand gets through from Krause. Each time Krause lands, he eats a stiffer and more powerful shot. However, he’s up in total strikes landed. Low blow on Lazaro and we have a break. Lazaro has no concern for Krause’s strength, coming forward at all times.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Lazaro

Round 3: Krause the aggressor, as his corner told him to come after Lazaro. Lazaro just missing on some serious strikes, and while the numbers say the fight is dead-even, the looks on each others face is much different. Krause with a takedown, but Lazaro springs right back to his feet. He’s working the back, trying to secure either another takedown to get the hooks in. He’s unable to and they square back off. A minute left and Lazaro is feeling the pain. His punches are coming in very slow and Krause just shakes off a takedown attempt. He goes in deep for his own and is denied, eating a right from the Brazilian.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Krause

Valmir Lazaro def. James Krause via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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Ronda Rousey has shown nothing but respect towards Cat Zingano in the lengthy build to their Saturday night fight at UFC 184.

The reigning female bantamweight champion continued that during an appearance on “UFC Tonight” earlier this week.

“Cat is definitely the toughest opponent to date,” she said. “She’s the one I haven’t beaten yet. She’s the most difficult test yet. She’s undefeated for a reason. She’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and I’ve never gone to the ground with one.

“I’m the best in the world and I’m going to win, but I do believe Cat will bring out the best out of me.”

Rousey, like Zingano, is unbeaten in her MMA career. The former Olympic bronze medalist has defeated the likes of Alexis Davis, Miesha Tate, Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche signing coming over from Strikeforce.

She also might just see her next contender moments before stepping inside the Octagon vs. Zingano, as former boxing world champion Holly Holm makes her UFC debut vs. Raquel Pennington.

“She was the boxing world champ and I’m very impressed with her so far,” Rousey said. “Being a boxer who’s had so many head-kick knockouts shows she’s evolved.

“She’s one of the biggest competitors in the division.”

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Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, co-hosts of “UFC Tonight,” recently discussed Saturday night’s UFC 184 main event between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano.

The fighters will collide for the UFC female bantamweight belt on pay-per-view from Los Angeles.

Florian, a multi-time title contender, believes the first few minutes could reveal what goes down inside the Octagon.

“If I’m Ronda Rousey, I know Cat starts off slow and I’m going to go hard and fast,” he said. “I believe she has a speed advantage. She has to land her hands on Cat, get in the clinch and bring the heat. But Cat is bigger than Ronda and has to use that size. She has to use it as a counter to Ronda’s judo clinch.”

As for the keys to the bout, Florian pointed to Rousey’s Olympic background in judo.

“She has world class judo, but it’s the development of her striking that’s changed this. She has knockout power. Ronda needs to get Cat to the clinch, land the takedown, and look for the finish. She can finish it with striking or with the armbar.

“I believe she gets it done on Saturday night.”

Cormier, meanwhile, wants to see what kind of tempo the champion tries to set from the start.

“For Ronda, she has to be Ronda Rousey. She has to move forward and look the armbar or for the finish. She’s so opportunistic. She can do so much more than grapple now. I think Ronda has a good chance to get a finish in this fight,” he said. “But Cat has a great Muay Thai clinch, and gets off brutal damage when she uses it. She gets a front head lock, which is a wrestling position, and from that, she land’s nasty knees, and controls her opponent and makes them tired.

“But that might be inviting Ronda into her most dominant position, the clinch, and it sets herself up for Ronda’s throws and takedowns.”

He continued, stating Zingano needs to make sure to avoid going to the ground with “Rowdy.”

“Cat Zingano was supposed to have this title shot a long time ago. She’s made improvements with her striking. She needs to keep it standing,” he said. “She can’t win a grappling match. She also needs to keep the distance and keep striking. She needs to stop the takedowns and control the clinch. And she needs to establish top control.

“All of Ronda’s finishes come from top position, so Cat needs to keep her from getting that top control.”

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Check out both parts from “Training Day” for UFC 184 with Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano in the videos below.

The series takes a look at the two female bantamweights ahead of their meeting this Saturday night from Los Angeles.

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