Kaufman has staked her claim as the top contender for the
Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship.
The former titleholder tagged, battered and bloodied Alexis
Davis with a stream of straight punches en route to a majority
decision at Strikeforce
“Tate vs. Rousey” on Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in
Columbus, Ohio. Two of the three cageside judges, Otto
Torriero and Daryl Wise,
scored it for Kaufman (15-1, 6-1 SF) by identical 29-28 counts; a
third, Cardo Urso, ruled it a 29-29 draw.
Content to keep it standing, Kaufman went to work with her hands
and staggered Davis with a searing left hook in the first round.
From there, she unleashed rights and lefts down the pike, opening a
nasty gash on her fellow Canadian’s left eye. More of the same
followed in round two, though Davis kept her nose in the battle and
attacked Kaufman’s legs with heavy kicks from the outside.
In the third round, Davis (11-5, 2-1 SF) made her move. The
27-year-old Dayboll Jiu-Jitsu representative scored with a trip
takedown, passed to side mount and fished for an armbar. Kaufman
defended successfully and exchanged reversals with her opponent,
but Davis wound up on top, mixed in some ground-and-pound and
closed the fight in a dominant position.
Bowling Grounds, Finishes Saling
Bowling trapped a game but overmatched Brandon
Saling in a topside crucifix and stopped the
Bellator Fighting Championships veteran on second-round punches
in an action-packed welterweight showcase. Bowling (11-2, 4-2 SF)
closed out his fellow Ohioan 75 seconds into round two.
Saling (6-5, 0-1 SF), however, did not go away quietly. The
26-year-old brawler wobbled Bowling with power punches twice inside
the first five minutes. Bowling eventually turned to takedowns,
established his superiority on the ground and ultimately grinded
down Saling for the finish.
Healy Choke Submits Fodor
Quest’s Pat Healy
submitted Caros Fodor
with a third-round arm-triangle choke in a pivotal lightweight
duel. The tapout came 3:35 into round three, as Healy (27-16, 5-1
SF) won for the seventh time in eight appearances.
Healy caught Fodor with a choke.
Fodor started strong, as he stuck Healy with a crisp left hook and
consecutive right hands in the first round. However, Healy
recovered, escaped from the bottom following a takedown and turned
the tide in his favor with the rugged determination for which he
has become known.
Taken down repeatedly, Fodor’s situation deteriorated as the fight
deepened. Healy mounted him for a second time in the third period,
avoided an attempted leg lock and secured the choke for the
submission. The defeat halted a five-fight winning streak for Fodor
(7-2, 5-1 SF).
Couture Stops Heun in Third
In what was easily his most impressive performance to date,
Couture stopped Conor Heun on
third-round punches in a preliminary lightweight encounter. Mounted
on Heun’s back, Couture (4-1, 4-1 SF) brought it to a close 2:52
into round three.
Heun (9-5, 1-3 SF) was outclassed on the feet and on the ground.
Couture, the 32-year-old son of UFC hall of famer Randy
Couture, damaged the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu representative with
his hands in the first round, opening a serious gash under Heun’s
left eye. Heun scored with takedowns, but Couture neutralized any
advantage with relentless activity from the bottom.
Couture struck for a takedown of his own in the third round, moved
to mount and eventually transitioned to Heun’s back, hooks in. He
flattened out his foe from there and finished it with unanswered
strikes to the head.