Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Ronda Rousey finished off Sara McMann via TKO at 1:06 into the first round at UFC 170 Saturday to successfully defend the UFC bantamweight title for the third time.
A hard knee by Rousey (9-0) against McMann (7-1) in the midsection caused the latter to double over, prompting referee Herb Dean to step in and stop the fight.
McMann didn’t protest the stoppage.
“I got hit in the liver. No matter how hard you train, you can’t make your liver stronger,” said McCann.
It marks the first knockout of Rousey’s mixed martial arts career. She had finished all eight of her previous opponents via armbar submission.
It was also the eighth time Rousey finished off an opponent inside the first round.
Both fighters were Olympic medallists, with Rousey winning a bronze medal in judo for the U.S. in the 2008 while McMann was a silver medalist in freestyle wrestling for the U.S. in 2004.