UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano was live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 28, 2015.
A UFC Middleweight Championship bout between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort was supposed to be the original headliner, but any injury forced the champion Chris Weidman out of the bout. This prompted the UFC to move Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship from the co-main event to the main event.
Check out our biggest winners and losers from UFC 184 below.
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey came into UFC 184 looking to extend her perfect record and successfully defend her title for a fifth time under the UFC banner. Rousey was set to take on what many believed to be her toughest test to date in ‘Alpha’ Cat Zingano. Rousey once again made quick work of her opponent as she submitted Zingano via armbar at 14-seconds of Round 1. The 28-year-old still has yet to really be tested and continues to finish her opponents with ease.
Jake Ellenberger has had a rough go at it as of late as he dropped his last three fights, but ‘The Juggernaut’ was looking to get back on track against Josh Koscheck. The 29-year-old was finally able to get back in the win column at UFC 184 as he picked up the north-south choke submission victory at 4:20 of Round 2. It was one of the more devastating submission victories in some time and was the first submission victory in Ellenberger’s UFC career. Ellenberger has long been a top ranked guy in the UFC’s welterweight division and this victory will keep him there.
Tony Ferguson is easily one of the most underrated fighters on the UFC roster and has been for quite some time. Ferguson entered UFC 184 on a 4-fight winning streak and was set to take on 24-fight UFC veteran Gleison Tibau. ‘El Cucuy’ made quick work of the veteran with a rear-naked choke victory at 2:37 of Round 1. The ‘TUF 13’ winner has been red-hot and deserves a top ranked opponent in his next fight as he continues to climb the ladder in the lightweight division.
Josh Koshceck has had a very lengthy and impressive UFC career, but has struggled as of late and UFC 184 was no different. Kosheck came in on a 3-fight losing streak and had not won a fight in over three years. ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ alum was set to take on Jake Ellenberger. Kosheck ultimately got submitted at 4:20 of Round 2. At 37-years-old and on a 4-fight losing streak the future of the former title challenger is in question.
Jerin Valel was the referee for the Mark Muñoz vs. Roan Carneiro fight at UFC 184. Valel has refereed many UFC fights before and has been fairly decent and has never really made a big or notable mistake, but he made a huge one at UFC 184. Valel’s stoppage of the Muñoz vs. Carneiro fight was terrible, really terrible. Carneiro had a rear-naked choke sunk in on Muñoz for quite some time and it was evident to almost everyone that Muñoz had gone unconscious, but not to Valel. Valel let the choke remain applied for quite some time after Muñoz visibly went out. It was easily one of the worst stoppages of recent memory, but it didn’t end there. Valel also had another questionably late stoppage in the Jake Ellenberger vs. Josh Koscheck fight. It was certainly the worst refereed night for Valel in the UFC.
Ruan Potts came into UFC 184 with a 0-2 UFC record with both losses coming by way of stoppage. Potts was in need of a win badly as he took on Derrick Lewis. Once again, things would not go his way as he put on another disappointing performance. Potts suffered a TKO loss at 3:18 of Round 2. Now 0-3 in the UFC and all losses being very lopsided ones, it is very likely that Potts entered the octagon for the last time at UFC 184.