Ronda Rousey wins women's Strikeforce championship via armbar over Meisha Tate

The ladies put on quite a show at last night's Strikeforce event

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Five professional MMA fights, and Ronda Rousey now has five wins via armbar. She's a former Olympic medalist in Judo, but it's her slick jiujitsu that is turning heads and breaking arms around the MMA world.

Her latest victim: former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.

Rousey took the belt from Tate with this vicious armbar, despite incredible determination from Tate, who escaped from one submission attempt less than a minute into the fight, and held on for a long time before tapping out.

Here's the video, and it's not for those with a weak stomach:

Rousey's next fight will likely be against Sarah Kaufman, who also put in a very impressive performance earlier in the night against Alexis Davis. Kaufman was bitter before the fight, saying that she should have gotten the title shot instead of Rousey.

The Rousey-Tate fight and the Davis-Kaufman fight were easily the two best fights of the evening, showcasing a growing pool of extremely talented fighters in women's MMA.

Personally, I'd love to see Kaufman fight Rousey for the title, and Tate fight Davis for the #1 contender position. All 4 ladies showed incredible skills and determination, and it made for some outstanding fights. I don't think you could go wrong with any combination of fights between them.

Also in the picture is former champ Marloes Coenen, who expressed respect for Tate on Twitter after the fight, saying she was impressed that she didn't tap.

Dana White has repeatedly said he'll never let females fight in the UFC, but they've definitely shown that they belong on major fight cards, and it's awesome that they're getting that opportunity in Strikeforce. Even if it takes another 5-10 years, it feels like it's only a matter of time before we see a women's division in the UFC. White's concerns of the talent pool being too small won't hold up for long.

Video H/T: TBL
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