On Saturday, February 28, the UFC closed out the second month of 2015 with UFC 184 live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Headlining the card was a UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between reining champion Ronda Rousey and the ever durable Cat Zingano.

Rousey (10-0), a former Olympic medalist in Judo, was coming off a 16 second knockout over Alexis Davis at UFC 175 in July. Prior to this win, the woman known as ‘Rowdy’ walked away with a TKO victory over fellow Olympian turned mixed martial artist Sara McMann a little over a minute into their title fight at UFC 170 in February.

Zingano (9-0) was coming off a third round TKO victory over Amanda Nunes at UFC 178. This marked her second straight third-round stoppage victory, with her previous coming against former title contender Miesha Tate in their number one contenders bout at the TUF 17 Finale in April 2013. The woman known as ‘Alpha’ entered this bout with eight career stoppage victories, with five ending by way of knockout.

Staying the women’s 135-pound division, former boxing superstar Holy made her long awaited debut against Raquel Pennington in the night’s co-main event. The two were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 181 before Holm was forced to pull out due to injury.

Pennington (5-4), a semifinalist on TUF 18, went on to defeat Holm’s replacement Ashlee Evans-Smith by first round submission. Prior to this win, ‘Rocky’ suffered a close split decision loss to Jéssica Andrade at UFC 171 in March. She will enter this bout with three career stoppage wins and a UFC record of 2-1.

Holm (7-0), who amassed a professional boxing record of 33-2-3 before transition to MMA, had secured violent knockouts in several different promotions. In her most recent outing, she earned the inaugural Legacy FC Women’s Bantamweight Championship with a violent headkick knockout over Juliana Werner in the main event of Legacy FC 30.

Complete results and full recaps from the epic night of fighting can be found below.


As part of the UFC 184 main-card opener, Tony Ferguson took a little over two-and-a half minutes to show the world every inch of his game against one of the veterans of the sport in Gleison Tibau. Tibau threw a front kick to throw Ferguson early on, but Ferguson responded well with three constants: an ability to fire back at Tibau when the Brazilian stuck a good blow, an ability to force Tibau into going for takedowns by way of striking, and persistent threats to submit Tibau. Once “El Cucuy” created an opening to take Tibau’s back, the fight-ending rear-naked choke became academic, and Tibau had to tap.

Alan Jouban wanted to make an emphatic statement against Richard Walsh, let alone winning the fight, and Jouban certainly delivered. After avoiding an early spinning strike and firing off a few kicks, Jouban clipped Walsh on the way inside with a beautiful elbow before landing with punches that forced referee John McCarthy’s intervention before Walsh could pick himself back up.

Jake Ellenberger didn’t get the quick finish many expected him to get against Josh Koscheck, but he was able to work hard in an effort to finish Koscheck before the third round. Though Ellenberger had moments in the first round in which he wished for Koscheck to open up his offense more, he was able to take Koscheck down and look for the guillotine choke. When he couldn’t get that, he locked up a north-south choke and adjusted himself slightly in order to come out with the submission win.

Holly Holm needed three rounds to show the UFC diehards what she brought to the UFC women’s bantamweight division, and through implementing her kickboxing against a game Raquel Pennington, she did exactly that. Raquel, to her credit, would fight valiantly, throwing her fair share of strikes and shooting on Holm when the opportunity showed itself. The judges took the efforts of “Rocky” into account, though the bout would go the way of Holm by a split-decision verdict, with one judge scoring the bout 29-28 in favor of Pennington.

The battle of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey vs. “Alpha” Cat Zingano lasted all of 14 seconds. Zingano knew she needed a quick start to prove her skeptics wrong, but her quick start led to her undoing, as a quick takedown from Zingano ended up working to Rousey’s advantage, as Rousey locked her legs around Zingano’s right arm and forced a quick tap with a modified version of her patented armbar to retain her UFC women’s bantamweight title.


Main Card – Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET

Ronda Rousey def. Cat Zingano by submission (armbar). Round 1, 0:14 – For UFC women’s bantamweight championship
Holly Holm def. Raquel Pennington by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Jake Ellenbeger def. Josh Koscheck by submission (north/south choke). Round 2, 4:20
Alan Jouban def. Richard Walsh by KO (elbow & punches). Round 1, 2:19
Tony Ferguson def. Gleison Tibau by submission (rear naked choke). Round 1, 2:37

Prelim Card – FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET

Roan Carneiro def. Mark Muñoz by submission (rear naked choke). Round 1, 1:40
Roman Salazar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto declared a No Contest (accidental eye poke). Round 2, 2:37
Tim Means def. Dhiego Lima by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:17
Derrick Lewis def. Ruan Potts by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:18

Prelim Card – UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET

Valmir Lazaro def. James Krause by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28
Masio Fullen def. Alexander Torres by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)