Ronda Rousey: “I didn’t think it was too soon,”

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LAS VEGAS – Did referee Herb Dean stop Saturday’s UFC 170 pay-per-view headliner too quickly? It depends on whom you ask.

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, the benefactor of the 66-second TKO stoppage, believes it was just fine. However, Rousey’s opponent, Sara McMann, understandably isn’t so sure.

So when she buckled McMann with the liver shot from the clinch, Rousey wasn’t necessarily surprised. She also felt Dean’s quick intervention was warranted.

“I didn’t think it was too soon,” she said. “I’d have kept going if someone didn’t stop me. But it’s not my decision. That’s why they have a referee in there to make sure no one gets hurt more than they need to.

“I promised my coach this time that I was going to drop her with a body shot. We called it. We trained it a lot. That was a goal I had in this fight. I don’t like calling it and saying it to the media. But to my coach, I promised him I was really going to try. I’m happy I did that.”

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