UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey smashed Bethe Correia in just over 30 seconds. Rousey only needed fifteen seconds to establish a clinch, but instead of going to her trademark judo toss and armbar, she chose to batter Correia on the feet instead. It slowed things down a little but not a lot.
The UFC's female super-star drew an unprecedented amount of international media attention -- including a major profile in the New York Times -- for her first time headlining a card in Brazil.
Rousey came into this bout undefeated in 11 fights. Her last three fights lasted less than a combined 90 seconds. The odds-makers and betters had her pegged as the biggest favorite in UFC history. She had only been taken out of the first round once in her career, by bitter rival Miesha Tate in their second bout.
Correia entered the fight undefeated as well but her three UFC opponents had a combined record of 1-7 in the sport's biggest promotion. Unfortunately for Correia, two of those opponents were teammates of Rousey's. She compounded the personal beef my making tasteless remarks about suicide in the pre-fight hype, allegedly while aware that Rousey's father had taken his own life.
Maurcio "Shogun" Rua survived a beating in the first round and a tight guillotine attempt in the third round to take a unanimous decision win over Antonio Rogerio "Little Nog" Nogueira.
In the first round Shogun looked to have the edge early but Nogueira hurt him with a left and spent the majority of the round looking for the finish. Rua survived the ensuing beating he took with his back to the cage. Shogun got a takedown early in the second and spent a couple minutes trying to pass guard without doing much damage. In round three, Shogun battered Nogueira with body kicks and survived a tight guillotine.
The bout was a rematch of one of Pride's most legendary bouts. Ten years ago Rua edged Little Nog on his way to winning the Pride Grand Prix. That bout set the tone for the rest of their careers. Shogun went on to wear UFC gold and Nogueira never managed even a title shot.
Lightweight Glaico França choked out Fernando Bruno to take one of two Ultimate Fighter titles that inexplicably made their way onto the pay-per-view. In the other Ultimate Fighter finale Reginaldo Vieira took a unanimous decision over Dileno Lopes in a fight many scored the other way.
Dutch giant Stefan Struve stopped a two-fight losing streak with a unanimous decision victory over the legendary Antonio Rodrigo "Big Nog" Nogueira much to the displeasure of the Brazilian crowd. Other than Nogueira taking Struve down and threatening a rear naked choke early in the bout, it was all Struve. The big man finally discovered his jab and used it and a vicious set of leg kicks to batter the veteran throughout the bout. Nogueira's legendary toughness was in full effect as he refused to fall even when Struve nailed him with a high kick to the head late in the fight. It was Nog's fifth loss in seven fights and his third in a row.
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva rode out a tough first round against Soa Palelei to score a second round knockout with a combination of brutal uppercuts and standing knees. Silva needed the win after two straight losses in which he looked like a ghost of himself.
In the pay-per-view opener women's strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha dominated Jessica Aguilar for three rounds to get a unanimous decision win.
Brazil's Demian Maia put on a jiu-jitsu clinic against American Neil Magny in the headliner of the Fox Sports 1 prelim card. Maia took Magney down immediately in round one and spent the whole round in a series of dominant positions. He did it again in the second before getting the rear naked choke. It was a humbling end to Magny's seven fight winning streak.
American wrestler Pat Cummins briefly silenced the Brazilian crowd when he stopped Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante in the third round of a bloody and bitter contest. Feijao busted Cummins up on the feet in the first round but couldn't stay off his back later in the fight. Cummins survived a pair of vicious upkicks in the second round and poured on the elbows in the third for the stoppage.
Highly regarded Brazilian prospect Warlley Alves submitted Nordine Talbe with a guillotine choke in round 2. In the Fox Sports 1 opener, Iuri Alcantara took a unanimous decision win over Leandro Issa in a gritty bout.
On the undercard preliminary portion of the card, streamed live on the UFC's Fight Pass service, Argentinian Guido Cannetti took a hard-fought decision over the Brazilian Hugo Viana and Brazil's Vitor Miranda stopped American Clint Hester with elbows in the second round.
UFC 190 Complete Results:
Ronda Rousey def. Bethe Correia via KO at 0:34 of Rd 1.
Mauricio Rua def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueria via unanimous decision (29-28x3).
Glaico Franca def. Fernando Bruno by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:46 of Rd 3.
Reginaldo Vieira def. Dileno Lopes by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2, 30-27).
Stefan Struve def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira via unanimous decision (30-27x3).
Antonio Silva def. Soa Palelei via TKO (punches) at 0:41 of Rd 2.
Claudia Gadelha def. Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision (30-27x3).
Fox Sports 1 Prelims:
Demian Maia def. Neil Magny via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:52 of Rd 2.
Pat Cummins def. Rafael Cavalcante via TKO (elbows) at 0:43 of Rd 3.
Warlley Alves def. Nordine Taleb via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:11 of Rd 2.
Iuri Alcantara def. Leandro Issa via unanimous decision (29-28x2, 29-27).
Fight Pass Prelims:
Vitor Miranda def. Clint Hester via TKO (elbows & punches) at 2:38 of Rd 2.
Guido Cannetti def. Hugo Viana via unanimous decision (29-28x3).