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Ronda Rousey defeats Miesha Tate by submission (armbar) at 4.27mins of Rd1
Josh Thomson defeats KJ Noons by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Kazuo Misaki defeats Paul Daley by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Lumumba Sayers defeats Scott Smith by submission (guillotine choke) at 1.34mins of Rd1
Ronaldo Souza defeats Bristol Marunde by submission (triangle choke) at 2.43mins of Rd3
Sarah Kaufman defeats Alexis Davis by majority decision (29-29, 29-28 x2)
Great fight here between these two ladies who were looking for the No.1 contender spot in the 135lb division. Despite being best known for their grappling both Kaufman and Davis decided to turn this into an almost exclusively stand-up based affair, at least until late in the fight. This was compelling stuff as they stayed in the pocket and slugged it out. Kaufman was sitting down more on her punches and was landing the more powerful blows as a result, yet kept it simple with 1-2 combinations all fight long. Davis on the other hand was mixing it up more, adding leg kicks and knees into the equation while also reaching for the single-collar tie to deliver uppercuts. By the end of the first round both fighters were bleeding, with Davis in particular sporting a nasty swollen cut above her left eye. The action continued in the same fashion throughout the second round and into the third with neither woman giving an inch, but unable to find a finish. Kaufman looked to be getting the better of the stand-up overall and that left Davis needing to do something to change the course of the fight, and she certainly attempted to do so, suddenly swooping for a takedown attempt. From there she managed to land some strikes, before looking for an armbar, but she couldn’t get it and Kaufman managed to reverse the position. Davis did well however to produce a sweep of her own and ended the fight on top. it wasn’t enough to get the win, but both women can be proud with their performance this evening.
Roger Bowling defeats Brandon Saling by TKO at 1.15mins of Rd2
The early stages of this fight turned rapidly into a wild brawl as the two men traded toe-to-toe against the cage. Both men were hit with big shots to the chin, with Saling taking more punches but on two separate occasions Bowling was tagged, the first staggering him and the second dropping him briefly to the mat. After that Bowling wisely opted to take Saling down to the mat, and from that point on he was in complete control, and even managed to produce a sustained period of strikes after catching Saling in the crucifix position. Saling was tough though, and despite being banged up with blood on his face he made it to the second round. Unfortunately for him Bowling again took him down, again trapped him in the crucifix position and again went to work on his head with repeated blows, and soon after the referee had seen enough and put an end to his misery.
Pat Healy defeats Caros Fodor by submission (arm triangle) at 3.35mins of Rd3
Healy handed Fodor the first loss of his Strikeforce career after a dominant display of grappling. Fodor had actually started brightly in the opening round after taking Healy down, but Healy eventually worked free and got on top himself, and from that point on the fight played out with ‘Bam Bam’ in top position, achieving full mount a couple of times along the way, slowly grinding down his opponent. In the third round Fodor tried to change his fortunes by going for a heel hook from bottom position, but Healy was able to break free and then sunk in an arm triangle choke which forced the tap.
Ryan Couture defeats Conor Heun by TKO at 2.52mins of Rd3
Good victory for the Couture, probably the best I’ve seen from him in his young career against a tough opponent. Couture’s stand-up was competent enough and he opened up a cut below Heun’s left eye in the first, but it was really his grappling that stood out the most. He was very fluid, technical and attack-orientated from both his back and on top. That really paid dividends in the third round when Heun appeared to tire and Couture was able to take him down, mount him and then switch to his back before flattening him out and unleashing ground and pound strikes to the head until the referee brought an end to the bout.