Sunday, August 19, 2012

Take Away Service - Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman


Welcome to another edition of It's Fighting Stupid's Take Away Service. Where we, do you, the service of letting you in on all the key take-away's from Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman. First up on the menu....
Can Ronda Rousey be Stopped?
Strikeforce bantamweight Champion Rowdy Ronda Rousey is now six and o as a professional mixed martial artist winning all six of her pro bouts via first-round arm-bar needing a total of just 7 minutes and 39 seconds to do it. With her most recent 54 second victory over former bantamweight champ Sarah Kaufman, Rousey has essentially "Jonesed" her division. With the only real challenger left for the Olympic Bronze medalist being former Strikeforce featherweight champion Cris 'Cyborg' Justino and a scrap between the two would undoubtedly replace  Gina Carano & Cyborg's '09 bout as the biggest fight in women’s mixed martial arts history. But Justino is A) still serving time on the steroid suspension that cost her the Strikeforce title and effectively shuttered the featherweight division. And B) made it clear that she can only safely cut down as far as 140lbs. That said, Rousey has no plans on making it easy for Cyborg calling out "Cy-roid" in her post fight interview:
First off I need to send a challenge out to miss "Cy-roid" out there... People want to see you have the first fair fight of your life. I'm the champ now, and the champ doesn't go to you, you go to the champ. Come down to 135lbs and lets settle this.
Making it very clear that if the biggest fight in Women's MMA is going to go down it'll be on the champions terms.

Biggest Winner: Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza


Adding the wrinkle of knock out power to his already top flight grappling arsenal, Jacare put the division on notice with this masterful counter right hook against Darren Brunson last night. Next up for Souza, Strikeforce middleweight champ Luke Rockhold in a rematch of their classic five round war from September that saw Rockhold win the belt from Souza in a hotly contested decision.

Biggest Loser: Derek Brunson
Getting starched in the first thirty seconds is never a good look, no exception here. Next up....
A dream about an exceptional mustache and a rematch with Kendal Grove.

How did Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie not make the main card?
This was easily fight of the night with all facets of mixed martial arts on display and lots of great back and forth action, plus it was relevant to the main event, yet it was relegated to the prelims by some foolish producer.

Get it together Showtime! You don't have enough proven winners with drawing power to leave your budding stars off TV.


Photos: Showtime
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