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Former Olympic bronze medalist and Strikeforce champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey was announced as the UFC's first ever women's champion, and will defend her belt in the main event of UFC 157
Thursday's pre-fight press conference for UFC on FOX 5 whetted the appetite for Saturday night's huge event on US primetime TV, but an added bonus came when UFC president Dana White arrived on stage carrying a second championship belt.
With lightweight world champion Benson Henderson already clutching on to his UFC belt, White soon revealed the reason for the extra bling, as he announced former Strikeforce women's champion "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey as the organisation's first-ever women's champion.
Rousey is now the UFC women's bantamweight (135lbs) champion, and will defend her new belt against Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC 157 in Anaheim, California, on February 23 next year.
It means Rousey will be the first woman to ever headline a UFC event, where she'll top a card that includes a bout between two former UFC light-heavyweight world champions Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida, as well as former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber's bantamweight bout with Ivan Menjivar.
Rousey is a world-class judoka, having claimed world championship silver as a middleweight in 2007, and Olympic bronze at 70kg in the 2008 Games in Beijing.
After just two professional MMA bouts, she joined the Strikeforce mixed martial arts promotion and rapidly ascended to the top of the women's division, winning the Strikeforce women's bantamweight title by defeating champion Miesha Tate in March this year. She went on to defend her title against Sarah Kaufman in August.
Rousey's submission skills, rooted in her judo background, have made her an unstoppable force in her MMA career. All six of her professional bouts (and all three of her amateur bouts) have finished with submission victories, and all six victories have come via armbar. Remarkably, just one of her bouts - her world title win over Tate - has lasted longer than one minute.
- Hayden Munoz - 23 seconds (armbar submission)
- Autumn Richardson - 57 seconds (armbar submission)
- Taylor Stratford - 24 seconds (armbar submission)
- Ediene Gomes - 25 seconds (armbar submission)
- Charmaine Tweet - 49 seconds (armbar submission)
- Sarah D'Alelio - 25 seconds (armbar submission)
- Julia Budd - 39 seconds (armbar submission)
- Miesha Tate - 4 minutes 27 seconds (armbar submission, won Strikeforce bantamweight title)
- Sarah Kaufman - 54 seconds (armbar submission, defended Strikeforce bantamweight title)
Total bouts: 9 (3 as an amateur, 6 as a professional)
Total time: 9 minutes 38 seconds