Former Strikeforce welterweight champ Sarah Kaufman started a new winning streak Saturday night in front of hometown fans when the 25-year old from Victoria, British Columbia rendered Japanese veteran Megumi Yabushita unable to continue after a flurry of strikes in the third round of their headlining bout at “AFC 5 – Judgment Day”.
Yabushita, a grappler by nature with ten submission wins to her credit, had little answer for Kaufman’s stand-up from beginning to end with the finish ultimately coming after what appeared to be a slip gave way to her Canadian adversary taking advantage with a barrage of punches from the top. The loss was only the second by way of TKO in thirty-seven professional fights.
The in-ring success improved Kaufman’s record to 13-1 and was the tenth TKO of her career. It also marked her first outing since losing the Strikeforce belt to current title-holder Marloes Coenen via submission this past October. Prior to the lone stumble of her career Kaufman had notched victories over a number of notable peers including Shayna Baszler, Roxanne Modafferi, and Miesha Tate.
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