A strange inevitability has greeted those who have challenged
Rousey, and Sarah
Kaufman was the latest to experience it.
Rousey retained her women’s bantamweight crown in the
Strikeforce “Rousey vs. Kaufman” headliner on Saturday at the
Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, as she submitted the former
champion with a first-round armbar. Kaufman tapped out 54 seconds
into round one.
Still undefeated and unchallenged, Rousey (6-0, 4-0 Strikeforce)
has finished all six of her opponents with armbars in the first
round, five of them in less than a minute.
“I have great coaches,” Rousey said, “and I listened to what they
The 25-year-old champion punched her way into an immediate clinch
and brought Kaufman (15-2, 6-2 Strikeforce) to the ground with a
beautiful inside trip. Rousey mounted and transitioned to the
armbar without hesitation, and a brief but fruitless struggle from
the challenger could not undo the maneuver. Beaten for just the
second time as a professional, Kaufman had nowhere to turn but
“Ronda put on a great performance,” she said. “I’m embarrassed by
my performance. I don’t know what else to say. Ronda did a great
job of getting the armbar. I defended, but she ended up getting it.
I’m really disappointed. I wanted to land some good, quality
strikes, but it didn’t happen tonight.”
Afterward, Rousey turned her attention towards former 145-pound
Santos, whose suspension for a positive test for
performance-enhancing drugs expires in December.
“People want to see you in the first fair fight of your life,”
Rousey said. “I’m the champ now. The champ doesn’t go to you. You
come to the champ. Come down to 135 [pounds], and let’s settle
‘Jacare’ Dismisses Brunson in 41 Seconds
Former Strikeforce middleweight titleholder and five-time Brazilian
jiu-jitsu world champion Ronaldo
“Jacare” Souza needed less than a minute to dispatch Derek
Brunson in the co-main event. Souza (16-3, 6-1 Strikeforce)
knocked out the Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts export 41 seconds into
Souza countered the oncoming wrestler with a short right hook,
flooring and badly damaging Brunson (9-2, 3-1 Strikeforce). Referee
Mike Beltran afforded the three-time collegiate All-American a
chance to recover, but Souza had other ideas. The Brazilian
followed up with a volley of ground strikes that brought it to a
“All my training partners talk about my hands,” Souza said. “I came
very prepared for this fight. I was very confident and did my
Team Quest’s Saffiedine Denies Bowling
Saffiedine scored with accurate combinations, countered with
effect and defended takedowns beautifully in a unanimous decision
Bowling in a featured welterweight affair. Saffiedine (13-3,
5-1 Strikeforce) swept the scorecards by identical 30-27 counts, as
he won for the sixth time in seven fights.
Saffiedine has won three straight.
Bowling (11-3, 4-3 Strikeforce) was a factor from beginning to end.
The 29-year-old Team Vision representative held nothing back in
unleashing heavy power punches to Saffiedine’s head and body. The
Belgian answered with savage knee strikes from the clinch, some of
them slamming into Bowling’s midsection, others finding their marks
Saffiedine tightened his hold on victory late in the third round,
as he sprawled on a desperate Bowling takedown attempt and moved to
back mount in the final minute of the fight. The Team Quest
standout fished for the choke, and though he failed to finish it,
the message was sent.
“I have awesome coaches,” Saffiedine said. “They helped me out with
my technique. I felt really good and had an awesome training
Smith Triangle Submits Sayers
Smith posted his ninth victory in 10 appearances, as he
Sayers with a first-round triangle choke in their featured
middleweight bout. Smith (17-8, 2-1 Strikeforce) finished it 3:52
into round one.
A mad scramble resulted in Sayers being mounted a little more than
half a minute into the match. Smith drew blood with some elbows
before the two 185-pounders returned to an upright position. The
Nebraskan then slipped while dodging a wild haymaker from Sayers.
He lured the Coloradan into his guard, isolated his right arm and
cinched the choke. Sayers (6-3, 2-2 Strikeforce) had no choice but
to concede defeat, his modest two-fight winning streak a thing of
“I actually slipped on something after I threw a big hook,” Smith
said. “Instead of leaving my chin out there, I went to my back
because I’m comfortable there. I tried to control his head and then
got control of his wrist and finished it. That’s my trademark; I
St. Preux Hook KOs Cook
Former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince St.
Preux knocked out T.J. Cook with a
searing left hook in the third round of their light heavyweight
showcase. The blow brought it to a close 20 seconds into round
three, as St. Preux (12-5, 6-1 Strikeforce) won for the ninth time
in 10 appearances.
Armed with a four-inch height and seven-inch reach advantage, St.
Preux leveled the Floridian with a left hand in the first round and
swarmed him with punches. To his credit, Cook weathered the
barrage, returned to his feet and fired back with a right hook that
had the Volunteer on his heels. Neither man could maintain the
St. Preux secured a double-leg takedown in round two and later
mounted Cook (12-5, 1-2 Strikeforce), further draining his already
depleted gas tank. It became clear as the third round opened that
Cook had little left to offer. Less than a half minute in, he lay
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