Ronda Rousey knocked out Brazilian Bethe Correia in 34 seconds, moving to 12-0 as a professional mixed martial arts fighter and defending her UFC bantamweight championship in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Rousey, known best for armbar submission wins, pummeled Correia with her fists. Correia’s face hit the mat following a right hand to her temple (video here).
“It kind of went how I expected,” Rousey said in a post-fight interview in the octagon after her 11th time ending a bout in the first round.
Rousey, 28 and a 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist, fought for the first time since a 14-second win over Cat Zingano at UFC 184 on Feb. 28 and the releases of her book, “My Fight/Your Fight,” and the “Entourage” and “Furious 7” films in which she made appearances.
Correia entered UFC 190 with a 9-0 record but was a decided underdog in her first UFC title fight.
Rousey entered UFC 190 saying she never wanted to win a fight more in her life, bringing a determined stare on her usual purposeful ring walk to Joan Jett‘s “Bad Reputation.”
Rousey’s next opponent could be Miesha Tate (for a third time), but many MMA fans crave a bout with another Brazilian, Cris “Cyborg” Justino, a featherweight (145 pounds, 10 pounds more than Rousey’s division) who was banned for one year after testing positive for a steroid three years ago.