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Ronda Rousey Won Her UFC Debut in Grand, Arm-Twisting Fashion

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Ronda Rousey, Olympic judoka and holder of sundry MMA titles, won the Ultimate Hugging Fighting Championship's first-ever women's bout Saturday night, defeating an unfortunately overshadowed Liz Carmouche to secure the bantamweight title.

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Even if you frown upon MMA as brutal bloodsport that nobody really wins so much as survives, we can all appreciate Rousey's primetime Saturday night victory as both an individual triumph of all-around badassery, and a move towards gender equality in a sport whose fanbase contains some of the broiest bros in all of brodom. According to the AP, a sellout crowd (which mostly wanted to see the much-hyped Rousey dominate her opponent) watched Rousey use her patented armbar on Carmouche with 11 seconds left in the first round, although Carmouche (the UFC's first openly gay fighter) had Rousey in trouble early.

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No matter. Rousey (now 7-0) is the female fighter that UFC president and anthropomorphized nurse shark Dana White has chosen as the face of the the UFC's women's bouts, and for good reason — she is a terrifying fighter AND boasts a great nickname. It shouldn't be long before we see "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey starring in a They Live! remake, with an aged but undaunted Keith David as Wise-Cracking Sidekick.

Ronda Rousey wins historic women's UFC debut [AP]

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MyDearPeabody
MyDearPeabody

Seems like Doug isn't an MMA fan, but even if you "frown on MMA" as he clearly does, I'd expect Jezebel to jump on this — this was a HUGE step forward in women's sports equality.

The Rousey v. Carmouche fight wasn't just an incredible display of athletic ability, it was the first time a women's fight headlined at the Octagon. Anyone who was watching could not fail to notice the massive response from the fans — they LOVED IT. There was lot riding on this fight. Both Carmouche and Rousey recognized it. I imagine most women in professional athletic competition recognized it. Heck, I'd say your average MMA bro recognized it.

I was really looking forward to Jez's coverage of this today — I was 100% inspired by that fight, and couldn't wait to read something celebrating this milestone. Needless to say, Doug's take on this whole thing is extremely underwhelming. I'd like to see more extensive and in-depth coverage of women in MMA and related fields as more doors like this open. I mean, come on — Carmouche is an openly gay former Marine who challenged the current female champion in a male-dominated sport. Isn't this a Jezebel dream come true?