- Ronda Rousey leads the list.
- All finishes were under 35 seconds and less.
Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes were two of the most dominant forces to compete in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Division, which is why they were perennial names in online sportsbooks through UFC odds. Outside of Rousey and Nunes, other sensational fighters competed in the division.
The fast finishes engineered by these top-level 135-pound female fighters inside the Octagon were excellent proof of this exciting division. Today, I will look at the top five fastest finishes in the history of the weight class.
Fastest Finishes in UFC Women’s Bantamweight Division History
Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano – 14 Seconds
Ronda Rousey’s immaculate title run in the UFC saw her set the record for the fastest finish in the history of the bantamweight division. This happened in March 2015 when she did quick work of Cat Zingano in their bantamweight title showdown as she submitted her in the opening round and only took 14 seconds.
Zingano opened up with a knee strike, to which Rousey dodged and grabbed her in the process. From there, “Rowdy” was able to roll and control the position by transitioning to her favorite submission technique of an armbar. It only took seconds for Rousey to flawlessly execute the patented move and pick up her fifth UFC victory and 11th overall.
Ronda Rousey vs. Alexis Davis – 16 Seconds
Before Ronda Rousey recorded the fastest finish in the bantamweight division against Cat Zingano, she already had a 16-second finish against Alexis Davis in her last title defense in July 2014. Rousey demolished Davis to collect her fourth successive championship inside the Octagon and establish fear among other contenders in the division.
Rousey had another game plan for this bout with Davis. Unlike her previous fights, where she immediately shoots for a takedown, the defending champion went on to stand and trade strikes with Davis. It was only when Rousey caught the challenger with a solid shot into the temple that she proceeded with a Judo-style takedown. After the successful takedown and nine unanswered strikes, the referee stopped the fight for Rousey’s TKO victory.
Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd – 16 Seconds
Former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie came down to the bantamweight division to beef up the competition, and she did not disappoint in doing so. The Dutch athlete registered the third-fastest finish in the 135-pound weight class after a 16-second annihilation of Aspen Ladd in their UFC Fight Night headliner in July 2019.
The “Iron Lady” was very technical and precise during the early stages of the fight. She made her opponent miss while effectively countering her attack. Germaine de Randamie delivered a precise one-two punch combination that landed a right-hand straight down the chin of Ladd. That punch instantly dropped the MMA Gold Fight Team athlete, and de Randamie only needed one more punch to close the match officially.
Julia Avila vs. Gina Mazany – 22 Seconds
After going 6-1 in her first seven professional MMA fights, Julia Avila earned a contract with the UFC in 2019. She had a successful debut and defeated Pannie Kianzad in July 2019 via unanimous decision. That win set her up for a match with Gina Mazany in June 2020, where she did quick work of Mazany and scored a TKO victory in just 22 seconds.
From the opening bell, Mazany was the aggressor in the fight. She landed two left punches to Avila and attempted a takedown, but the “Raging Panda” stopped it and countered with a knee to Mazany’s body and a punch that hurt her. Avila took full advantage of the opportunity to swarm her with more punches and capture the victory.
Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia – 34 Seconds
Rounding out the top five fastest finishes in UFC Women’s Bantamweight Division is another Ronda Rousey victory. It was against Bethe Correia, whom she fought in August 2015, and it was Rousey’s last successful title defense in the UFC. “Rowdy” scored the knockout victory over Correia, and she only needed 34 seconds to do it.
Rousey willingly exchanged blows with the Brazilian challenger, proving that she was not only a one-dimensional fighter who only wins via armbar submissions. The champion landed a few overhand right-hand punches to the face of Correia before grabbing her into a clinch position, where she unloaded several uppercuts to make her foe dazed. Rousey did not let Correia recover as she finished the fight with powerful punches that knocked her out.