Rousey vs. Kaufman: Round-by-round

In earlier action, Ovince St. Preux won via knockout and Anthony

Smith submitted Lumumba Sayers via triangle choke in the first


Most notably, Miesha Tate made an amazing return to Strikeforce,

ironically finishing Julie Kedzie with a last round armbar. Not bad

for Tate who was taken out of action by Ronda Rousey just 5 months

ago via the same submission.

Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman

Winner: Rousey via armbar submission (Round 1 – 0:54)

Round 1 – It’s officially Showtime! Jimmy Lennon Jr. makes

the introductions and this fight is on! The ladies look mean out of

the gate with Rousey pressing the action. We’re grappling out of

the gate and on the ground. Rousey takes full mount immediately and

the assassin is tugging on Kaufman’s arm. They’re rolling around

the cage like a snowball, but doom is coming. Fast. After about 1

minute, Kaufman can no longer keep her arm against her chest. The

arm straightens. The arm starts to bend the wrong way. Sarah

Kaufman taps.



Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza vs. Derek Brunson

Winner: ‘Jacare’ Souze via Knockout

Round 1 – Nuff said. Jacare really must have had an

appointment somewhere because he dropped Brunson like a sack of

potatoes. Less than a minute into the first round Jacare clocked

Brunson with a right hook that hit Brunson like a train. Lights

out! It’s time for the title fight.

Roger Bowling vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Winner: Tarec Saffiedine by unanimous decision

Round 3 – The stats are dead even but this fight is coming

down to heart. Everytime Bowling comes at Saffiedine with a

combination, Saffiedine punishes Bowling with a knee or kick.

Saffiedine definitely is coming across as the tactician, but

Bowling’s gutting it out despite his clear exhaustion. With the

fight so close it’s coming down to the wire and each fighter is

looking for their 3rd consecutive win. Bowling attempts another

takedown and Saffiedine defends it again. Saffiedine gets some

underhooks in the clinch and delivers some nice knees showing

strong control toward the end of this fight. The ref wants more

action and Saffiedine delivers punching his way out. A late

takedown attempt from Bowling may tell the story as his failure

yields his back to Saffiedine and now with 2 hooks in, Saffiedine

attempts a rear naked choke to finish it all. The horn sounds and

Bowling survives, but Saffiedine easily gets the round.

Saffiedine 10-9

Round 2 – Round starts out in the worst possible way with

Bowling taking an eye poke. When is the gauging going to stop. It

wasn’t purposeful, but the second round goes into a heavy delay.

When the fight resumes, Bowling seems to have some extra energy and

spends it delivering some haymaker hooks to Saffiedine’s body. He’s

trying for more takedowns, but has not been succeessful, but

eventually gets a hold of Saffiedine’s head. Again, Bowling can’t

seem to convert the few opportunities that he’s getting. Saffiedine

isn’t showing much aggression this round and although a few of the

kick and uppercut from Saffiedine are finding their places, it just

isn’t enough to take this round.

Bowling 10-9

Round 1 – Bowling is looking to do some serious damage

delivering punishing blow early in the round. Numerous punches to

the liver land and Saffiedine needs to turn things around. He does.

Saffiedine returns the favor dealing some nice combinations of his

own. After some well delivered knees, Bowling decides it’s time to

get more aggressive and engages Saffiedine against the cage in the

clinch. Bowling clearly wants the takedown, but Saffiedine defends

it very well and even delivers an elbow as they separate. Bowling’s

delivering damage but spending a lot of gas to do it. And you can’t

be sure that all the judges will give him this round.

Bowling 10-9