Results: - Women's Banamweight: Ronda Rousey d. Miesha Tate by submission to win the Strikeforce women's bantamweight title - Lightweight: Josh Thomson d. KJ Noons, unanimous decision - Welterweight: Kazuo Misaki d. Paul Daley, split decision - Middleweight: Lumumba Sayers d. Scott Smith, submission - Middleweight: Ronaldo Jacare Souza d. Bristol Marunde, submission - Women's Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman d. Alexis Davis, majority decision - Welterweight: Roger Bowling d. Brandon Saling, TKO - Lightweight: Pat Healy d. Caros Fodor, submission - Lightweight: Ryan Couture d. Conor Huen, TKO
The only match I saw on this show was the main event, but man, that was great. Rousey came in having won all of her previous fights in short order via armbar, and Tate vowed that she'd never get caught. Which she did, but she tried her damndest to not tap. Her arm bent in ways that are not supposed to happen. I believe I screamed "AH JESUS." And Sarah Kaufman was at cageside for the fight, and her face looked like it had been beaten to hell.
In other news, Brandon Saling was apparently a last-minute substitution, which might explain why Zuffa didn't know about his white supremacist tattoos or sex offender record.
I'd have to think so. The fight delivered on the hype, culminating in the much-discussed armbar. Not to mention, I've read that the main event was almost upstaged by the Kaufman fight (which I can believe, based on the condition of Kaufman's face) which means there's a title fight that's ready to hype.
I haven't watched this video yet, but Meltzer said it was great:
Originally posted by CRZ(I have this on the DVR, but now I'm wary about watching the main event)
Originally posted by KJames199I haven't watched this video yet, but Meltzer said it was great:
Really, it's very good. With all respect to the very knowledgeable commentators, they did get a little prematurely squeamish & excessively grossed out about the elbow. Tate really, reatlly, seriously did not want to lose. Rousey was absolutely on her game. The women's fight was excellent, & absolutely the best of the broadcast, in spite of being over in the first.
This isn't a promotion I generally watch, & the only reason I knew anything about it was the real-time tweets by @CMPunk & @puscifer. (Which is a scary/cool confluence!) So I watched the replay on Showtime. I would have loved to have seen the other women's fight, but the ME that we did get was very good,
Originally posted by J. Kyle way back in JanuaryMiesha might as well gift wrap that arm ahead of time.
Ain't you smart?!
That was actually a pretty good fight with some really nice grappling. I'd be curious to see a rematch, because if Miesha fought smart and tried to keep the fight standing rather than coming forward the whole time I think she'd have some joy.
Originally posted by emmaWith all respect to the very knowledgeable commentators, they did get a little prematurely squeamish & excessively grossed out about the elbow. Tate really, really, seriously did not want to lose.
They got squeamish and grossed out because her arm was bending funny ahh ew nooooo
And really, Tate's whole build-up for the fight was "there's no way she's gonna catch me with the armbar" and I can see why you wouldn't want to tap after talking like that, but maybe a working arm should mean more than your pride. But then I have working arms and no pride, so maybe I am biased.
Nous ne nous pouvons pas sortir. Thanks for digging that up, DMR, as I didn't want to come off as a self aggrandizing jackass by doing that. But I totally was going to do that when I had time.
I do think Tate is a good fighter I just didn't think she was going to do what she had to do to win. Use wrestling to stay up, stand up, and go full on Leben with a brawl since I don't think she has the acumen to GSP jab her for 25 minutes.
Kaufman may be able to do either bar brawl or point karate, and is a very intellectual girl so she may get it done. But until someone can come out of a Rousey fight with two working elbows I'm not picking against her.
Also James, as you said regarding Urushitani's performance (even sadder considering dude didn't cross the ocean), the Japanese don't have a great track record but Misaki at welterweight may be the Japanese's third biggest hope after Hioki and a Featherweight Kawajiri.
Oh and far after the fact, how tragic is it that Okami has only gotten his ass handed to him twice in umpteen years and one of them was in his homeland?
EDIT~! I still think Misaki is an easy day for GSP, but everybody else (Ellenberger, Condit, Kampman, Koschek, Hendricks, Sanchez) would have a tough 25 minutes with him.
According to this page, there has never been a Nextel/WC champion with an average finish that was 2 or 3 spots lower than anyone in contention (they've got the Avg. Start and Finish swapped for 2003, so Kenseth looks like he won with a finish avg of 21.3)...