PORT ARTHUR — This first victory in the UFC marks Rousey's seventh in mixed martial arts as a whole, with all being victories by first round armbar submission. She's not a one-trick pony; Rousey is actually a well-rounded fighter with roots in the discipline of Judo. She just sticks to the play that keeps working and that no one can stop.
This watershed bout in MMA's largest promotion will have long-term effects for the sport. In the past the only spotlight for women in combat sports was in boxing which stood in the shadows of men. Rousey and Carmouche showed women can own the spotlight and deliver a rousing performance in MMA.
Women of combat sports like Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and even boxing are surely taking heed and now have a stage to strive for.
Doors have opened in golf, baseball, auto racing, and mixed martial arts, as society and sport continue to evolve.
David Estrada Jr. is a Mixed Martial Arts columnist for the Port Arthur News. He can be e-mailed at