RFA 2: Should Top Ranked Tara LaRosa Move to 135 to Join Ronda Rousey in Bantamweight Division? Fan's Look (Yahoo! Contr


By Cheryl Ragsdale,

Tara LaRosa, age 34 (21-2) is a top ranked 125er in the MMA world. More than half of her wins are by submission. Tara defeated her opponent, Kelly Warren, by armbar in the third round at "RFA 2: Yvel vs Alexander" in Kearney, Nebraska on Friday, March 30, 2012.

Tara LaRosa ? tweeted to her fans, "So, you guys can stop speculating on what the judge's cards were. Kelly won the 1st Rd on all 3 cards, and I won the second on all 3 cards…I'm a slow starter… Everyone knows that. 3rd, 4th & 5th rds (when it's a title fight) are usually my best."

During the first round of the fight, commentator Frank Shamrock, called for an exciting finish "Ronda Rousey style". LaRosa locked in an armbar submission, just under the wire, at 4:59 of the final round.

Tara LaRosa vs Kelly Warren RFA 2 fight link

Kelly Warren, age 27 (3-3) has taken on tough opponents in the last few months. She lost to Irish MMA fighter, Aisling Daly, in November and to Jessica Eye in February, 2012.

Back in 2009, Tara defeated Strikeforce fighter, Alexis Davis who recently lost to former Strikeforce champion, Sarah Kaufman. Sarah is next in line for a shot at the title currently held by Ronda Rousey. Rousey dropped from 145 to fight in the 135 division and was successful in her first attempt to win the title from former Strikeforce champion, Miesha Tate.

What if LaRosa moved to bantamweight?

As a way to gain exposure and face a different group of women fighters demonstrating a variety of high level talent, I wonder how Tara LaRosa's experience and skill level would challenge the existing roster of Strikeforce 135ers.

Commentator Mauro Ranallo mentioned that LaRosa's manager thinks Tara should move down in weight to challenge at 115—the opposite of what I'm thinking.

Ranallo: "Most of the big fights are at 135, the division that Ronda Rousey is in. It's all about the bantamweights."

Frank Shamrock: "Who does she fight at 115? There's just not enough girls…Young girls coming up, they can't compete with [Tara]. She needs to be in the upper echelons with Ronda Rousey."

Resurrection Fighting Alliance: RFA 2

During the video, I heard one of the announcers describing Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) as a new franchise for fighters who want to "resurrect" their fighting careers. It seems to me that Tara would be challenged and do some damage, to the women climbing the 135 ladder at Strikeforce.

Gilbert Yvel vs Houston Alexander headlined the card. Yvel defeated Houston by KO four minutes into round one. Houston was catching Gilbert with some kicks and punches, but Gilbert capitalized on a hook and a right and knocked out Houston. video

Results for the other two RFA 2 female fights

Elaina Maxwell defeated Ashley Sanchez by unanimous decision.

Jessamyn Duke defeated Elizabeth Phillips by guillotine submission in the second round.

The RFA fights were streamed live on Sherdog.com

Source: Sherdog.com

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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. She trains with Keith Florian and UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny

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