Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey came out leading with her left, pumping the jab three times and following up with a right cross to back former champion, Sarah Kaufman up against the cage. Ronda fought for the takedown, mounted Kaufman on the ground, and finished her off with an armbar--despite heavy resistance from Sarah who attempted to defend, but finally had to tap.
Sarah made some mistakes
Instead of going lateral and deflecting Ronda's jab, Sarah backed up, then threw her customary one-two, one-two punches, but to no avail. They didn't work the way they normally do. Ronda was prepared to eat punches in order to clinch and push Sarah up against the cage.
It was a brilliant strategy and Ronda no longer has to prove her "worthiness" or defend her "too early in her career" title shot against Miesha Tate. And it only took 54 seconds of the first round.
Recap: Rousey vs. Kaufman, plus Jacare, Ovince St Preux, Tarec Saffiedine, Anthony Smith video
Fight of the Night: Miesha Tate vs Julie Kedzie
After demonstrating her ability to almost defeat Miesha Tate, Julie Kedzie is a very interesting match-up for many of the Strikeforce 135ers. Miesha submitted Julie by armbar.
Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie - Recap - Strikeforce - SHOWTIME video
Will there be a female "Ultimate Fighter" show?
The female version of "The Ultimate Fighter" is shaping up nicely with a rivalry between former champion, Miesha Tate and current champion, Ronda Rousey constantly brewing in the background. The difficulty is choosing the weight class for the contestants.
Normally, the coaches are scheduled to fight each other in the Finale after the competition ends. The contestants are never the same weight as the coaches. While the 135 division has gained more depth, 145 is still shallow. Cris Cyborg has no competition in sight--except for Ronda, but Ronda is showing no interest in gaining weight to face Cyborg.
Is Ronda ducking Cyborg?
The new story line for fans who don't appreciate Ronda's talent and ability to defeat her opponents at will is that Ronda is ducking Cyborg by not fighting at 145. Ronda started her Strikeforce career at 145. No one thought Ronda would make 135 and compete as well as she did against then-champion, Miesha Tate.
Cyborg's history is tainted now that she's been caught using banned substances. If Cyborg beats Ronda at 145 or 140 or even at 135, it won't tarnish Ronda's reputation or lose her any fans. Doing battle with Ronda is the only interesting fight left for the division killer, Cris "Cyborg" Santos.
In the third female fight on this Strikeforce card, Germaine de Randamie, champion kick-boxer, now MMA fighter dominated the number one ranked 145er, earning a unanimous decision victory over Hiroko Yamanaka. Germaine is not currently ranked in the Top 10 for that division. Cyborg finished Hiroko by TKO within 16 seconds of the opening round.
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Cheryl Ragsdale started out boxing and has added kicks and BJJ so she can practice MMA. Currently, she trains with Keith Florian and has trained with UFC Fighter Kenny Florian at Florian Martial Arts - follow @thatgirlisfunny