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Is Ronda Rousey the most dominant athlete of the Twitter era?

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Ronda Rousey Knocks Out Bethe Correia in 34 Seconds


By JOHN DORN

Over the past half-decade, Twitter has changed the complexion of sports, and how fans consume all of a game's analysis and opinion. The network has provided fans a platform to sound off more than ever, and the sports landscape has flipped on its axis because of it.

Especially with pay-per-view events such as mixed martial arts matches, Twitter gives the opportunity to follow action in real-time by simply reading the reactions of the network's users. The combination of credentialed reporters on the scene, more nuanced fans elsewhere, and the causal fan providing more elementary insight, there's more context available than ever before. The ability to interact and connect immediately has transformed the typical water-cooler-type banter onto a seemingly infinite platform, making for a limitless conversation.

We often wonder how the Twitterverse would react to Babe Ruth's mammoth home runs or Michael Jordan's dominance -- or even fairly recent events like Derek Jeter's crowd-diving catch and the New York Giants spoiling the New England Patriots attempt at a perfect season.

But Saturday night, we may have learned one interesting tidbit: In the brief span that the Twitter conversation has reigned supreme over the sports world, Ronda Rousey may have emerged as the most dominant athlete ever tweeted about.

In a one-sided, 34-second pounding of counterpart Bethe Correia, Rousey took over Twitter for the second time in 2015 -- on Feb. 28, she defeated Cat Zingaro in a career-shortest 14 seconds.

Tweeted more than 318,000 times over the 24 hours prior to this publication, Rousey's amazing showing drew reactions that Jordan and Ruth never had the chance to. Pondering the type of tweets those legends would've drew has become even easier now thanks to Rousey and her mind-blowingly one-sided knockouts.

Of her 12 career matches, five have ended in 34 seconds or less. Nine have expired in under a minute, and just one has extended past Round 1.

The LeBron James' and Mike Trouts of the world mean more to their respective sports than anybody. But in terms of worldwide reaction, Ronda Rousey's domination has provided the current generation with something special.

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Ronda Rousey' Episode 1694 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Rudnitsky, Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata, Ronda Rousey, Aidy Bryant, and Vanessa Bayer during the monologue on January 23, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Ronda Rousey waits in her corner before facing Holly Holm in their women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 193 event at Etihad Stadium on November 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: UFC fighter Ronda Rousey accepts the Best Female Athlete award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey works out at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, left, trains with trainer Edmond Tarverdyan at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey smiles during her workout at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, bottom, trains with judo coach Justin Flores at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, left, trains with trainer Edmond Tarverdyan at Glendale Fighting Club, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Glendale, Calif. Rousey, the UFC bantamweight champion, will return to the octagon against Brazil’s unbeaten Bethe Correia at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 01: Actress Ronda Rousey arrives at the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Entourage' at Regency Village Theatre on June 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015 file photo, Ronda Rousey, with Reebok insignia on her uniform, celebrates after defeating Cat Zingano in a UFC 184 mixed martial arts bantamweight title bout in Los Angeles. UFC fighters will be paid for wearing Reebok gear based on their tenure in the octagon under the mixed martial arts promotion’s new sponsorship deal. The UFC on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, announced the change in its pay structure for its deal with Reebok, which signed on late last year to outfit every fighter. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Ronda Rousey arrives at the premiere of "Furious 7" at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Ronda Rousey arrives at the premiere of "Furious 7" at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Ronda Rousey at ABC's Good Morning America in New York city on March 26, 2015. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ronda Rousey arrives at Universal Pictures Premiere of 'Furious 7'' at the TLC Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, on April 1, 2015 in Los Angeles.CA (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Ronda Rousey Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on March 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Ronda Rousey celebrates her victory over Cat Zingano in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (Blue shorts) Cat Zingano takes down Ronda Rousey in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (Top) Ronda Rousey grapples with Cat Zingano in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
HONG KONG - AUGUST 20: UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at a Q&A session during the Macao UFC Fight Night Press Conference at the Four Season Hotel on August 20, 2014 in Hong Kong. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
MACAU - AUGUST 22: Ronda Rousey arrives a special screening of 'The Expendables 3' at The Venetian Macao on August 22, 2014 in Macau, Macau. (Photo by Jerome Favre/Getty Images for The Venetian Macao)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Swizz Beatz and Ronda Rousey appear at Reebok and UFC Announce Long-Term Partnership at Industria Studios on December 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Reebok)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (R) UFC President Dana White congratulates Ronda Rousey on her victory over Cat Zingano in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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