The UFC set up shop in Los Angeles Saturday night, as Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano headlined UFC 184 from the Staples Center.
Ronda Rousey added to her incredible resume, earning the quickest finish in a championship match inside the Octagon, scoring an armbar victory over Cat Zingano to remain the bantamweight champion. Rousey ducked away from a flying knee and flipped Zingano over, locking up the armbar.
Making her debut with the UFC, former three-time world boxing champion Holly Holm did enough to score a decision over Raquel Pennington. It wasn’t the finish that Holm was seeking, but it moved her overall record to 8-0.
Jake Ellenberger and Josh Koscheck each entered on three-fight losing streaks, but it was Ellenberger who got back into the win column, scoring a second round submission win. “The Juggernaut” fended off a takedown and locked up the choke, which was his first inside the Octagon.
After a disappointing decision loss in Brazil, Alan Jouban erased any doubts that he is a rising contender in the welterweight ranks, stunning Richard Walsh with an elbow. Jouban continued the assault, leaving the Australian out on his feet in just over two minutes of the first round.
Former Ultimate Fighter winner Tony Ferguson impressed his coach on the reality series, Brock Lesnar, by submitting Gleison Tibau to open the PPV. Lesnar picked Ferguson third for his team and was in attendance, sitting Octagon-side.
In early prelim action, Roan Carneiro made a triumphant return to the Octagon, scoring a submission victory over Mark Munoz in just 1:40. Carneiro last fought for the promotion in 2008, but wasted no time in locking up a rear-naked choke and securing his 20th career victory.
Tim Means and Derrick Lewis each finished their respective opponents via TKO, while Valmir Lazaro and Masio Fullen picked up decision victories.
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Roman Salazar was declared a no-contest after Yamamoto caught Salazar with an eye poke in the second round.
Rousey, Ellenberger, Ferguson and Means all were given an additional $50,000 for “Performance of the Night” bonuses. The attendance was announced at 17,654 for a live gate of $2.675 million.
Complete results can be found below:
Ronda Rousey def. Cat Zingano via submission (armbar) at :14 of Round 1 to remain the UFC female bantamweight champion
Holly Holm def. Raquel Pennington via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Jake Ellenberger def. Josh Koscheck via submission (north-south choke) at 4:20 of Round 2
Alan Jouban def. Richard Walsh via KO (strikes) at 2:19 of Round 1
Tony Ferguson def. Gleison Tibau via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:37 of Round 1
Roan Carneiro def. Mark Munoz via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:40 of Round 1
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Roman Salazar ends in a no-contest (eye poke) at 2:37 of Round 2
Tim Means def. Dhiego Lima via TKO (strikes) at 2:17 of Round 1
Derrick Lewis def. Ruan Potts via TKO (strikes) at 3:18 of Round 2
Valmir Lazaro def. James Krause via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Masio Fullen def. Alex Torres via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)