Rousey successfully defends her bantamweight belt against Tate at UFC 168, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in las Vegas. Tate manages to escape several of Rousey’s submission holds in the first two rounds, making her the first to ever reach the second and third round against Rousey. Rousey wins with an armbar submission in the 58th second of the third round. The move earns Rousey the Submission of the Night bonus worth $75,000, and she and Tate are awarded the Fight of the Night bonus, which is $75,000 each. Rousey is booed for not shaking an extended hand from Tate. Rousey:
Going more than one round was a good experience. In judo, I had to go five rounds. The experience is good, going longer than one round. I feel fine. I was much worse off after the Liz Carmouche fight, where she dislocated my jaw. I feel pretty good other than a scratch under my eye. I’m looking forward to a little time off and celebrating Christmas with my family. She’s a great fighter. It was an amazing fight she put out. She has my respect entirely in that regard, but she really needs to make up for a few things that she’s done before I’ll shake her hand.