Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” takes place later tonight at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The event will air on Showtime at 10pm ET/PT.
In the night’s main event, Miesha Tate puts his women’s bantamweight title on the line against Ronda Rousey.
KJ Noons takes on Josh Thomson in a pivotal lightweight bout.
Paul Daley and Kazuo Misaki meet in a welterweight match-up.
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza faces off against Bristol Marunde in a middleweight bout.
Scott Smith squares off against Lumumba Sayers in a welterweight match-up.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via Submission (Armbar) at 4:27 in Round 1
- Josh Thomson def. K.J. Noons via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Kazuo Misaki def. Paul Daley via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
- Lumumba Sayers def. Scott Smith via Submission (Guillotine) at 1:34 in Round 1
- Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Bristol Marunde via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 2:43 in Round 3
- Sarah Kaufman def. Alexis Davis via Majority Decision (29-28,29-29, 29-28)
- Pat Healy def. Caros Fodor via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at 3:35 in Round 3
- Ryan Couture def. Conor Heun via TKO (Strikes) at 2:52 in Round 3
- Roger Bowling def. Brandon Saling via TKO (Strikes) at 1:15 in Round 2
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Bristol Marunde: As late-replacements go, Marunde faired better than expected – if “better than expected” means you’re not submitted instantly. Round 1 had Jacare getting the American down and taking his back about two minutes in, then, after a restart, the Brazilian sent Marunde to the canvas with a sweet right hand to the chops. Souza banged Marunde up with just about every strike in the book in Round 2, the selection of blows including punches, knees and spinning back-kicks. The end came in the third, when the jiu-jitsu stud outmaneuvered Marunde on the ground, trapped an arm, and submitted him with an arm-triangle choke at 2:43.
Scott Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers: Despite an extensive history of kicking ass and a ton of talent and ability, Smith was never in the game against Sayers. Losing the punching exchanges, falling prey to a takedown, going airborne with a high-amplitude slam, and tapping to a guillotine at after only a minute and thirty-four seconds had transpired in the bout, it was if Sayers was an MMA fighter and Smith was… something else.
Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki: Strikeforce scored big when they signed Misaki, and this was made immediately clear once the Japanese veteran began showcasing his striking speed, technique and fearlessness when fists were flying. Round 1 had Misaki stalking the Brit, outgunning him in the exchanges, and forcing Daley to cover up and go for takedowns. Round 2 was no different, although both men managed to spend more time on the ground within the other’s guard. The drama was ratcheted up a bit in the third once Daley managed to open up a cut on his foe’s head, the subsequent bloodbath making Misaki resemble a murder victim. But Daley wasn’t able to force the stoppage, and the clock ran out with him trying to avoid getting clobbered in the feet. While it was a split decision that went to Misaki, it wasn’t that close.
K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson: Still every bit as dangerous and sharp as when he was champ, Thomson came out against Noons landing hard front kicks to the face and body, then switching to takedowns and a smothering ground assault. That was the story of Rounds 1 and 2, although Noons managed to find openings on the feet once exhaustion began to make Thomson slow down. The ex-champ nailed a trip early in the final round, and for the duration Noons was stuck defending against arm-triangle chokes and punishment from above. There was no doubting Thomson had done enough to earn the unanimous decision when it was all over.
Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey: No one will ever question Tate’s skill, or that she deserved that belt she strode into the Strikeforce cage with. The evidence was clear when Tate came out swinging and knocked Rousey’s head back, and when she fought out of the initial armbar Rousey first had her trapped in. But the scrambling – that had both ladies wavering in and out of positions both good and bad – marked the path to the end. And the end… well, that came via armbar of course, a painful, dislocating, elbow-busting armbar that Rousey snagged once she secured dominant position. Tate tapped out at 4:27 of the first round, making Rousey the new champ and labeling the former Olympian as perhaps the most dangerous MMA fighter out there. How so? Because fighting her means your arm is getting messed up for sure.