And a short one, at that. Ronda Rousey, the 2008 judo bronze medalist, needed just 1:06 to score a technical knockout over Sara McMann, the wrestling silver winner, in the main event of UFC 170 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday.
But the UFC women's bantamweight champion's successful title defense was not without controversy as the bout appeared to be a quick stoppage. Soon after Rousey landed a knee to the liver in the clinch, which caused McMann to drop to the mat, referee Herb Dean called off the fight. McMann popped right back to her feet after the stoppage.
McMann (7-1), however, refused to blame Dean for the loss.
"I thought it was a good fight," McMann said. "I got hit, no matter how hard you train, when get your liver stung, you're going to feel it. I would like to get a rematch. I was trying to get back up, it was my own fault."
Rousey (8-0), who defended her title for the second time in eight weeks, the fastest turnaround for a defending UFC champ since 2006, had her post-fight interview drowned out by the crowd. While her streak of winning all of her pro fights via armbar submission came to a halt, she continued her streak of winning all her bouts via finish.
Daniel Cormier was victorious in the evening's co-feature bout, as he made short work of late replacement Patrick Cummins.
Cormier, of San Jose, Calif., is a former Olympic wrestler and an undefeated former heavyweight contender who was making the drop down to light heavyweight. He was scheduled to face former UFC champion Rashad Evans, but Evans pulled out of the bout last week with a knee injury.
On short notice, Cummins (4-0), who was working at a coffee shop in Dana Point, Calif., last year, volunteered to take his place. The bout was made between the two former wrestling training partners.
But the talent disparity was evident from the outset, as Cormier (13-0) landed a huge uppercut and rained down punches until the fight was waved off at 1:19 over the first round.
"I feel good because it's my first finish in UFC," Cormier said. "Training camp was long and hard and I prepared for a long fight but I have no complaints."
Maia, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, dominated the first round with his grappling and ground offense. But MacDonald, who looked lackluster in his previous two fights, showed fire in a second-round comeback. He peppered Maia with a mix of punches and kicks and effortlessly defended Maia's takedown attempts.
Maia found a second wind in the third round, as he landed a slam off of a scramble. But MacDonald found his way back to his feet and dominated the rest of the round, picking Maia (16-9) apart in the standup.
The judges' scores were 29-28 across the board for MacDonald, who improved to 16-2.
"I showed myself out there and I didn't hold anything back," MacDonald said. "I took some shots but I gave a lot more."
Veteran Mike Pyle was not about to let his welterweight fight with Texan T.J. Waldberger get put in the hands of Nevada's notoriously questionable judges. Pyle poured it on in the third round of a hard-fought affair and earned the TKO victory with 57 seconds remaining in the bout.
Pyle turned the corner midway through the round, as the Las Vegan landed a spinning back elbow. Waldberger survived that one, but a right hand led to a serious of violent elbows on the ground, which finished the fight.
"I felt like I was just barely winning. My coach told me I needed to win round three so I had to dig down deep, gut it out and finish." said Pyle (26-9-1), who won for the fifth time in his past six bouts. "
Thompson, a converted kickboxer, is known for his head kicks. Whittaker, a winner of an international edition of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality show, appeared to be overcompensating in anticipation of the kick, and left himself wide open for a huge right hand, which dropped him (11-4) to the mat. Several punches later, the fight was called off as Thompson (9-1) was declared the winner at 3:43 of the first round.
Thompson talked about his progression from kickboxer to MMA fighter.
"I'm still a striker at heart though so naturally that's where I want the fight to take place."