“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey Retains Strikeforce Title – Calls Out Cyborg

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Ronda Rousey made quick work of Sarah Kaufman using her signature armbar to retain her title as Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Title in another 1st round finish for the champ.  Apparently no matter how hard her opponents prepare for what they know is coming, it’s impossible to stop a woman in full beast mode.

Kaufman said following the fight that she was embarrassed about her performance and had hoped to do better in her title shot opportunity. For Kaufman, it was the second loss of her career. Both of her losses have been to armbar submission.

The undefeated champ, Rousey, notched her 6th professional win and went on to call out Cris Cyborg. Cyborg tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, following her fight against Hiroko Yamanaka last September.  Cyborg was suspended for a year following the positive test.  Ronda responded to Cyborg calling her out in her post-fight interview with Mauro Ranallo.

“First of all I need to send out a challenge to Miss Cyborg out there. People want to see you have the first fair fight of your life. I’m the champ now, the champ doesn’t come to you, you come to the champ. You come down to 135 and lets settle this.”

In the co-main event, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza took only 41 seconds to knockout Derek Brunson and earn his first Strikeforce knockout win.  Often known for his submissions, many had scrutinized Souza’s ability to finish a fight using his striking. When Brunson left himself exposed after driving in with a combo towards Jacare, Souza landed a right hand that put Brunson down. Souza then followed through with a combo making a statement that his knockout power should never be underrated.

Ovince Saint Preux delivered a one punch KO to TJ Cook. “The third round I came out and felt real good.”  Though the punch was a left hook that connected right to Cook’s jaw, OSP said he was looking to land the huge, punishing blow once he heard Cook’s corner tell him what they saw. “I think I heard his coach saying the over hand right was there, I said yes it is thank you,” St. Preux said to Mauro Ranallo in his post fight interview inside the cage.

In the most impressive fight of the preliminary card, Miesha “Cupcake” Tate came out donning her new nickname and redeemed herself from her loss against Rousey taking home a win over Julie Kedzie via armbar submission. In a battle that saw Kedzie wage a striking war on Tate, there were moments including a late third round head kick delivered by Kedzie that looked like the end for Tate.  Kedzie dove in for the finish only to get caught in Tate’s submission. “I felt good when I got that armbar, but I wasn’t going to give it up for anything,” Miesha said.  Dana White even said on Twitter once the fight was over: “WOW! Now I know who Julie Kedzie is. Great 1st round.”

As for the Rousey fight, Tate added, “There won’t be one second that goes by that I won’t enjoy seeing her get punched in the face by Kaufman.” Well, Tate didn’t get her wish as Rousey took absolutely zero punishment from Kaufman in her win.

In other impressive wins, Anthony “Lionheart” Smith took out Lumumba Sayers with a triangle choke late in the 1st round. Tarec Saffiedine put on a show against Roger Bowling defeating him by unanimous decision. Saffiedine edged out the win on the scorecards and called out current Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nate Marquardt in his post-fight interview.

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