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Ronda Rousey retains title with quick finish of Sarah Kaufman

Love her or hate her, there’s no denying bantamweight Ronda Rousey has had a tremendous impact on the sport of MMA in little more than a year since turning pro after a career on the mat as an Olympic-medaling Judoka. “Rowdy Ronda” will try to further her rapid ascension to the top tonight when she meets polished veteran Sarah Kaufman in the main event of Strikeforce’s latest card on Showtime.

Rousey will not only be putting her unbeaten streak on the line when she collides with the 15-1 Kaufman but also the divisional title she won earlier this year.

Also scheduled for the show, Ronaldo Souza and Derek Brunson will battle for top contendership at middleweight with other notable match-ups including Tarec Saffiedine-Roger Bowling and Miesha Tate-Julie Kedzie.

Undercard action fires up at 8:00 PM EST on Showtime Extreme with the featured fights unfolding on Showtime two hours later. As always, Five Ounces of Pain will be tuned in while relaying live results back to readers as they unfold in real time.

Read below for a list of results including play-by-play for select bouts:

PRELIMS:

Bobby Green def. Matt Ricehouse via unanimous decision (30-27×3)

Adlan Amagov def. Keith Berry via TKO Round 1 (strikes)

Germaine de Randamie def Hiroko Yamanaka via unanimous decision (30-27×3)

Miesha Tate def. Julie Kedzie by submission round 3 (arm bar)

MAIN CARD:

Lumumba Sayers vs. Anthony Smith

Round 1
Sayers ducks under a right hook, and he takes Smith’s back. They scramble and Smith ends up in the full mount of Sayers. Smith landing punches and elbows from the mount with his legs crossed underneath Sayers. Sayers is cut open from the elbows, and tris to land strikes from the bottom. Sayers is able to scramble to his feet after Smith goes for a submission. Sayers gets Smith down after he slipped, and Smith throws up his legs and sinks in the triangle choke. Sayers is forced to tap at 3:52.

Anthony Smith def.  Lumumba Sayers submission Round 1 (triangle choke)

Ovince St. Preux vs. T.J. Cook

Round 1
OSP came out kicking, and Cook is happy to exchange low kicks with him.  OSP engages the clinch, but Cook gets away. OSP lands a solid right that drops Cook, and OSP lands at least 15 unanswered punches from the top while standing. Ref Beltran was close to stopping the fight, but Cook scrambles to his feet. Cook starts landing on OSP, and OSP backs up and they start exchanging strikes again. OSP gets the takedown, and works a side choke and a key lock, but neither were really close. Cook scrambles to his feet again, and they both exchange body shots.

Round 2
Round starts with both fighters more hesitant than the first round, that prompts ref to call for action.  OSP lands a second head kick, and Cook answers with a body shot. Both fighters are showing signs of being tired, but OSP is throwing the cleaner strikes. OSP lands a low blow on Cook, and the ref halts the action.  OSP shoots in for the double leg, and pins Cook’s head against the cage and moves to side control. OSP moves to full mount after attempting a head and arm choke. OSP lands some ground and pound, and Cook eats some shots before the round ends.

Round 3
OSP, the fresher looking fighter, throws a left hook that knocks Cook clean out at :21
Ovince St. Preux def.  T.J. Cook KO Round 3 (strike)

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Roger Bowling

Round 1
Saffiedine looking to counter Bowling as he jumps in and out of the pocket. Saffiedine is setting up his strikes with nice low kicks, but Bowling is serving up combinations as well. Bowling shoots in for a takedown, but Saffiedine lands a knee that makes Bowling back off.  Bowling rushes in and Saffiedine gets the thai plum and lands yet another solid knee to the body. Bowling backs him up to the cage, but can’t get Saffiedine to the ground. Bowling keeps shooting for take downs, but Saffiedine proves difficult to get down, and keeps ending up with his back up against the fence.

Round 2
Saffiedine is the fresher fighter, and is now stalking Bowling and is landing combinations. Bowling gets an accidental eye poke, and Ref Herzog stops the bout. Fight resumes, and both exchange leg kicks. Saffiedine presses Bowling up against the cage, and is working knees to the legs. Bowling tries again for the takedown, and almost gets it, but Saffiedine stops it again. Bowling still content to land body shots, but Saffiedine is the one controlling the action. Saffiedine is throwing counters off of all of Bowlings strikes, and the bell ends the round.

Round 3
Saffiedine is stalking again, but Bowling is throwing hard shots. Bowling pins Saffiedine up against the cage, but Saffiedine is able to reverse the position and escape. Saffiedine still working leg and body kicks. Bowling’s punches are coming in slower, and Saffiedine is waiting to land strikes when he jumps into range. Bowling finally catches one of the kicks, but is still unable to get Saffiedine to the floor. Bowling shoots in for the takedown, but falls to his knees and Saffiedine takes his back and tries to get the rear naked choke.  With the choke close to sunk in the horn sounds.

Tarec Saffiedine def. Roger Bowling by unanimous decision (30-27×3)
Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson

Round 1
Souza stalking Brunson and Souza lands a viscious counter right hand that drops Brunson.  Brunson attempts to stand and Souza starts landing punches again. Brunson scrambles to his back, and eats a few shots before he goes out and the ref stops the fight.

Ronaldo Souza def Derek Brunson via KO Round 1 (strikes)
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman

Round 1
Rousey closes the distance fast and presses Kaufman up against the cage. Once in the clinch she muscled Kaufman to the ground with an inside trip, and immediately got a hold of Kaufman’s arm from the full mount. Kaufman survived for about 20 seconds, but Rousey was able to straighten it out and force the tap.

Ronda Rousey def Sarah Kaufman submission Round 1 (arm bar)

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

54 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    Tate v Kedzie was a f*cking awesome fight.

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  • G-DUB says:

    Woman can do it big! Wow! Tate vs Kedzie …. what a battle. Edge-of-your-seat experience. Tate showed some serious testicular fortitude.

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  • Creature says:

    Seriously impressed with Tate and Kedzie.. Just wow way to put on a hell of a show, great heart and desire to win shown by both of them. Early pic for FOTN in my book. And damn Tate has one hell of a chin, always a fan of “Cupcake” but Kedzie just made me a fan as well

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  • Dufresne says:

    Holy crap Mauro Ranallo is annoying.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Tate vs. Kedzie was one of the best fights of the year. Love those comeback-from-the-brink-of-defeat wins!

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  • Dufresne says:

    Is Frank reading from a card? What the hell?

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I’m still in awe of how tough Miesha is… It looked like she had a broken orbital bone in the post-fight interview.

    Incredible fight.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Mauro Ranallo has a voice more obnoxious than Dick Vitale’s, but with absolutely none of Vitale’s likability.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Holy shit, ZZ Top is refereeing this fight.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Great 1st round.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Yosemite Sam is doing a great job ref’ing.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    …As soon as I say that, he tries to rush a guy back to the fight after a shot to the junk. :(

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  • Dufresne says:

    Decent 2nd round. I’ve got it 2-0 for OSP, but that first round could go either way.

    And WTF is on that ref’s face? It looks like he’s halfway through eating Tails from Sonic the Hedgehog.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Wow. He got KTFO. That’s one of the cleanest KO’s I’ve seen in a while.

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  • Creature says:

    Damn.. what a KO

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  • G-DUB says:

    Good Lord! Even with the monster finish, OSP not very impressive. I don’t see the improvement fight to fight that I’d expect to see from such a potential prodigy. He’s very vulnerable.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Ranallo is an awful interviewer. Seriously, does no one at SF hear how bad he is?

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  • Lord Faust says:

    This card is nuts. Last two fights would have been FOTN and KOTN on a UFC pay per view.

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  • Creature says:

    Dufresne you seem very anit-Ranallo tonight lol though i dont blame you..

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  • Dufresne says:

    You said you’re going to see the best ever Sarah Kaufman, what do you think that entails?

    I think it means she’ll be better than she’s been in her other fights.

    No. F*cking. Sh*t.

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  • Creature says:

    Still cant stand Rhonda’s attitude.. I hope she gets floored by Kauffman tonight, i much prefer Miesha Tate, in both terms of looks and personality.

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  • G-DUB says:

    Showtime’s doing a great job of keeping it moving. Next fight starts before you get over the euphoria of the last fight. Improvements.

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  • JBAR says:

    Damn, there was some pretty slick scrambles in that fight.

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  • Creature says:

    What a scramble fest with Smith/Sayers. Fights so far tonight are definitely delivering “Knock on wood”

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  • Dufresne says:

    Lost my feed for 20 seconds and completely missed that slick submission. Nice grappling by Smith, those transitions were smooth.

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  • JBAR says:

    Damn it, I missed the prelims. Sounds like I need make it a point to watch the Tate Kedzie fight.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    They’re feeding Bowling to the wolves here. I’ve been looking forward to this nonetheless.

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  • Creature says:

    Yeah JBAR it was an amazing fight, anyone who still isnt sold on WMMA should watch it. Idk how anyone couldnt be entertained by that fight.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Bowling fought well, but needs more time to grow.

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  • Creature says:

    Good fight from Bowling/Saffiedine, but i personally think Nate The Great would bully him in all areas.

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  • JBAR says:

    I wonder how much work Ronda has done on her striking, it was pretty sloppy against Meisha.

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  • JBAR says:

    I would still like to see Gilbert vs Frankie.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Jacare bodied Brunson.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Nice! Incredibly accurate shots there by Jacare.

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  • Creature says:

    WOW.. what a quick KO and hell of a way to make a statement for your case of another title fight.

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  • G-DUB says:

    Say what you want about Strikeforce, but the last 2 cards have delivered STRONG. Don’t even need to see the main event to state that. Amazing night for the hardcore.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    This card just solidifies my love of Strikeforce fighters and my hatred of their employer.

    Bonuses, motherfucker — do you pay them?

    These cards need better promotion. Guys and girls putting on amazing fights and only hardcores like us are watching.

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  • JBAR says:

    It would be nice if Bas Rutten walked in, KO’d Mauro and took the mic from him.

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  • G-DUB says:

    Well said LF …. pay that man/woman his maaaa-ney!! It’ll be depressing to see the Nielsens Monday morning.

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  • Creature says:

    Mauro just needs to not be allowed to even hold a mic. But im actually one of the few who isnt a fan of Bas as a commentator.

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  • JBAR says:

    Strikeforce is the only reason I have ShowTime.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    G-DUB – from what I understand, they do good ratings as far as Showtime is concerned. The problem is, that’s fuck-all in the grand scheme of things.

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  • G-DUB says:

    Didn’t Ronda say she’d never wear the short-shorts again??

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  • Dufresne says:

    That one trick pony knows one hell of a trick. Holy shit she’s good.

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  • Creature says:

    Damn it.. Now i gotta hear even MORE of Rhonda’s shitty attitude. Congrats to her though

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Great job by Rhonda. I hope Cyborg enlists Mike Dolce and Donkey Kongs her.

    Truly excellent fight card.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Consider my jaw dropped.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Fantastic card. LF said it perfectly earlier, This card just solidifies my love of Strikeforce fighters and my hatred of their employer.

    Bonuses, motherfucker — do you pay them?

    These cards need better promotion. Guys and girls putting on amazing fights and only hardcores like us are watching.

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  • JBAR says:

    So did Meisha look good enough for another shot at Ronda?

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  • Creature says:

    I’d like to see Miesha fight at least one more time to get another shot. Let Cyborg come back and take on Rhonda.. id love to see her try and wade in with her chin up against a killer like Cyborg, and i have a hard time seeing her manhandling her as well.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Strikeforce always feels a bit amateur to me.

    Opening montage of fighters has more UFC fighters than SF fighters. Commentators are boring. The first two televised fights felt like TUF semi finals at best. OSP gets hyped, but I have a hard time seeing him beat anyone in the top 25.

    Jacare has obvious talent and will be a solid competitor for years to come barring injury, but he needs solid opponents so the more casual fan can see what rest of us know.

    I hope Cyborg does drop to 135 to fight Rousey. I don’t think she will find Rousey as easy to push around as the under sized Asain girls SF has been putting her against.

    I was shocked at how fast the main event was over. I knew as soon as it hit the ground, it was over. Rousey gave her no chance at escape and it was either tap or end up in the hospital with your arm pointing the wrong way. Brutal.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Was sad about the Main event outcome, wanted to see more a fight, but mostly wanted to see Kaufman get her belt back. But it was a good slick armbar by Ronda, she set the clinches up nicely with her striking, and has great hip toss abilities. The rest of the card was good as well, personally I thought the prelims sucked except for Tate vs Kedzie, that fight was awesome and Tate had to really dig deep in her well. It also showed what has been said over and over again, you make one mistake against someone with good BJJ and that’s it.

    Did anyone else notice that in the video after, and any pictures, Tate kept her hair down over where her injury was, and kept making sure it was there the entire time they filmed her eating a cupcake? Also about the announce team, I like pat he does a good job most of the time, Ronaldo is meh to me except when he interviews fighters in the cage, then its bad, don’t like frank, and they definitely need a new interview person for outside of the fights. It looked like Ronda had to work hard to not say something sarcastic when she got asked what she meant by the best Kaufman we’ve ever seen, its kinda an obvious question/answer why ask it?

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Fastest growing MMA org in the world and a true challenger to the UFC, to, under-promoted with very few top fighters.
    This happened when ZUFFA purchased the company and people blame Coker. WTF?

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  • Dufresne says:

    Even though ZUFFA owns SF, I’m pretty sure Coker is still listed as the CEO. And I don’t think SF is a “true challenger to the UFC” since they’ve lost several of their champs to the UFC and, as you pointed out, they’re owned by the same parent company.

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