Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Ronda Rousey Whacks Sarah Kaufman; Winners and Losers from Strikeforce in San Diego
By Joshua Molina
“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey destroyed Sarah Kaufman last night in spectacular fashion. Can anyone stop this destructive diva?
After the fight Rousey told Showtime’s Mauro Ranallo that she wants to fight Cris “Cyborg” Santos, but only if Santos will lose 10 pounds and come down to Rousey’s weight class at 135 pounds.
A battle between the two should be Strikeforce’s first pay per view event. Cyborg, who, to put it bluntly, looks and fights like a man, was on a tear before she was suspended for a year for testing positive for performance enhancement drugs.
If Strikeforce and Showtime play their cards right, they can make a lot of money off that match up. Don’t be surprised to see UFC boss Dana White, however, try to lure Rousey out of her Strikeforce and Showtime contract and use Rousey for the first female fight inside the Octagon in 2013. White has hopped on the Rousey bandwagon in a manner that should make everyone curious.
Here’s a look at the winners and losers of Saturday’s show:
Winner: Ronda Rousey
A fearless Rousey crushed Sarah Kaufman, who looked entirely frozen walking into the cage all the way up until her submission defeat in 54 seconds. The biggest advantage Rousey seemed to have in the fight, besides, her California tan, was her attitude. Rousey looked fearless. It actually looked like she didn’t believe she could lose. Look at both Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva before they stepped inside the cage to battle each other in July. They had a healthy respect for one another. Rousey beamed with confidence, and it didn’t look fake. Rousey clearly believes in herself, which is half the battle.
Loser: Sarah Kaufman
Sarah showed almost nothing that she could hang her hat on. It’s cool if she doesn’t want to be a trash talker, but you have to take care of business, or at least put on a performance when you step inside the cage. Kaufman walked into the fight like it was the first of her career. Cold. Flat-Footed. Scared.
Other than technically blocking an armbar for a few seconds, it’s hard to imagine a worst performance by any female against Rousey. Kaufman then tapped out instantly, the second Rousey successfully applied the hold. She didn’t even try to stay in it. She made Eddie Alvarez’s tapout against Michael Chandler look epic. Miesha Tate lasted almost a full round with Rousey, and made a lot of fans by attempting to fight out of the arm bar twice – tearing ligaments along the way.
Winner: Miesha Tate
Miesha Tate fought like a champion in gutting out a victory over Julie Kedzie. Tate was rocked several times throughout the fight, but battled through the drama. Her arm appeared to show no aftereffects from the fight with Rousey. In fact, she won by submission armbar. Tate deserves a title shot against Rousey. The two have such bad blood between one another that the fight would sell itself. Tate is the only fighter who has looked competitive against Rousey. But what’s up with her new nickname of “cupcake?” She’s just asking for a headline one day of “Cyborg devours the Cupcake.”
Winner: Julie Kedzie
The women’s MMA pioneer nearly pulled off an incredible upset against Tate. She landed strong kicks, punches and controlled Tate on the ground. She was on her way to a likely decision victory, had Tate not caught her in the armbar. Kedzie belongs on the national stage of MMA. She’s exciting to watch and not bad to look at either. She will probably end up fighting Sarah Kaufman next.
Winner: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
Look out Luke Rockhold. The Alligator is hungry. Souza chomped Derek Brunson in 41 seconds Saturday night. The victory puts Souza back in line to fight Rockhold for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship. The two fought a close first fight when Rockhold gutted out a decision victory to win the title. Souza is a dangerous submission artist, and as evidenced by his knockout of Brunson, has greatly improved his striking. Rockhold beware.
Winner: Ovince St. Preux
Preux bounced back from his decision loss to the great Gegard Mousasi to KO TJ Cook in the third round. OSP, who fought six times in 2010, is a rising star, who was rushed into a fight with Mousasi. Preux, fortunately has slowed down, and looks to be developing as a more complete fighter. A slow, steady pace should lead him into light heavyweight title contention.
Loser: Mike Beltran
Boxing referee Mills Lane used to thumb his nose and say “Let’s Get It On,” before fights. Beltran need only be there and show his face. That man’s ridiculously long mustache couldn’t help but get noticed in the background. His Ox Baker-like facial hair shows that this guys doesn’t take himself too seriously inside the cage, and he makes for a few entertaining, “Hey, look at that guy’s mustache,” comments, at every show.
Despite his intriguing look, though, Beltran must have forgotten the point in his referee’s manual that stipulates a fighter be granted a five-minute rest period in the event of being fouled with an illegal shot by his or her opponent. After Cook was the recipient of an accidental kick to the groin by St. Preux, Beltran sent Cook to his corner to recover, but stayed on the injured fighter like a hawk, continuously asking Cook if he was ready to re-start the fight.
Cook eventually gave in to the pressure being placed upon him and came out of his corner to fight again way before the five-minute period came to an end.
Play-by-play man Ranallo was quick to point out Beltran’s error. Too bad Beltran couldn’t hear him.
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