"Most of all to my Dad, wherever you are, I hope that you see this, we all miss you, we love you and this is for you, I hope you're proud of me."
— Ronda Rousey after winning the Strikeforce title
Moments after the pinnacle achievement of her, albeit brief, but thus far spectacular mixed-martial-arts career, Ronda Rousey stood inside the Strikeforce cage seemingly composed, seemingly reserved and far from celebrating raucously like most would expect anybody would do after winning a world championship in just their fifth professional fight.
But there was Rousey, standing tall and stoic. And there was the former champion Miesha Tate, still on the ground, wearing an almost expressionless face when most grown men would have been reduced to tears after having their arm gruesomely twisted in the fashion that she endured before finally tapping out.
Having gained acclaim rapidly with her ferocious and fast finishes, her striking looks and her gift of gab, Rousey took 4 minutes and 27 seconds to defeat Tate in the same manner she'd laid her previous four opponents to waste, locking in a devastating armbar that was different only in this instance as it was a championship armbar.