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Ronda Rousey defends UFC title in 14 seconds

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UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey beat top challenger Cat Zingano in 14 seconds at UFC 184 on Saturday night, her quickest victory in 11 career pro fights.

Rousey won via armbar tapout submission at Staples Center in Los Angeles, her 10th career first-round victory. UFC tweeted it was the quickest finish in UFC championship history.

Zingano (9-1) charged toward Rousey to start the fight but was flipped over by the 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist.

“We were expecting that [Zingano] might come out and just do something flying at me right away,” Rousey, whose pro fight career has lasted about 25 total minutes, said in a TV interview. “I know I have faster transitions than anyone because my mom [a 1984 World judo champion] taught me. … I can’t wait to get some hot wings right now.”

In her post-fight interview, Zingano expressed frustration with profanity and then repeated, “I want to do it again.”

Rousey dominated in the first UFC pay-per-view carried by women’s fights and in front of actor Mickey Rourke, former UFC fighter Brock Lesnar and actress/singer Mandy Moore.

Rousey looked ready from her ring walk, marching purposefully and swiftly with an unmoving stare to Joan Jett‘s “Bad Reputation.”

What’s next for Rousey?

She’s set to appear in two spring films — “Furious 7” and “Entourage” — as well as release her book, “My Fight/Your Fight,” in May.

One potential fight many MMA fans crave is Rousey (who fights in the 135-pound division) against Cris “Cyborg” Justino, a 29-year-old Brazilian featherweight (145 pounds) who was banned for one year after testing positive for a steroid three years ago.

On Friday, Justino beat Charmaine Tweet via TKO in 46 seconds at Invicta FC 11, also in Los Angeles. Rousey beat Tweet via submission in 49 seconds on June 17, 2011, in Rousey’s second pro fight.

World heavyweight champ not ready to give up on Olympic dream

Gracie Gold qualifies for nationals, Polina Edmunds shut out

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2014 Olympian Gracie Gold qualified for the 2020 U.S. Figure Skating Championships by virtue of a third-place finish at the Eastern Sectional Singles Final on Saturday in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

“Bronze: so hot this fall,” Gold posted on Instagram. She last competed at U.S. nationals in 2017, when she finished sixth. She won the national title in 2014 and 2016.

Gold sat second after the short program with 63.55 points, and ultimately finished third overall with 109.90 points in the free skate for 173.45 points. The top four at the event qualify for the national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina in January.

Her free skate included a fall on the opening triple Lutz and an under-rotation on the triple Lutz, double toe loop combination. She also put a hand down on the landing of a double Axel. The rest of the program, though, was clean.

Her performance, set to “She Used to be Mine” by Sara Bareilles, can be found at the 2:05 mark of the on-demand stream of the event for NBC Gold Pass subscribers.

Meanwhile, her Sochi teammate Polina Edmunds was shut out of nationals based on a fifth-place finish at the Pacific Coast Sectional Singles Final (top four qualify). Her performance can be found for NBC Gold Pass subscribers at the 1:50 mark of the on-demand stream for the event. Edmunds last competed at Nationals in 2016, when she earned the silver medal behind Gold.

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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Brittany Bowe extends unbeaten streak to open speed skating World Cup

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Brittany Bowe extended one of the most dominant runs for any U.S. Winter Olympian, earning her first straight World Cup 1000m win to open the season on Sunday.

Bowe, fourth and eighth in the event at her two Olympics, clocked 1:15.35 in Minsk, Belarus, to beat PyeongChang gold medalist Jorien ter Mors by six tenths. Ter Mors missed all of last season after knee surgery.

Bowe won every World Cup 1000m dating to last December, plus her second world title in the event last February, lowering track records at each stop.

She ended last season by breaking the world record by .48 of a second on the fast ice of the 2002 Olympic oval in Kearns, Utah. That time — 1:11.61 — would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1997.

Bowe, a former Florida Atlantic point guard who missed all of 2016-17 with a concussion, is up to 23 career World Cup wins. That’s fifth on the U.S. all-time list behind Bonnie Blair (69), Shani Davis (58), Dan Jansen (46) and Heather Bergsma (34), according to schaatsstatistieken.nl.

The World Cup moves to Poland next week.

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