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Video: Ronday Rousey rips off another arm, takes Strikeforce title

Ronda Rousey is the new Brock Lesnar. In just five professional fights, the mouthy and arrogant Olympic judoka has a championship belt. Rousey needed just 4:27, or twice as long as her four previous fights combined, to back up her trash talking and submit Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate on Saturday night. It was also Rousey’s eighth consecutive armbar win (including three amateur bouts). Now, Rousey will likely face former champ Sarah Kaufman, who scored a majority decision over Alexis Davis on Saturday’s card.

And Rousey may be exactly what women’s MMA needs at a time when it’s still recovering from the loss of Gina Carano to Hollywood and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos to a steroid suspension. She’s tough, she’s pretty, and she knows how to hype a fight. Her penchant for talking smack had made her the heir apparent to Chael Sonnen, but no more. Sonnen’s belt is fake; Rousey’s is very very real. Like Brock Lesnar, though, Rousey is still a one-dimensional fighter (granted it’s a hell of a dimension), but at least she doesn’t cower like a girl when she gets punched.

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