Strikeforce Tate vs. Rousey Recap: "Rowdy" backs up smack talk in OhioPosted on March 4, 2012, 12:51 AM by Joey Santosus
Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey delivered an action-packed line-up tonight from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Proving that she was more than just an inexperienced pretty face, Ronda Rousey secured her fifth consecutive submission victory in the headlining bout, dethroning Miesha Tate to capture the Women's Bantamweight title. Despite surviving a noticeably painful first attempt by Rousey, Tate was forced to tap in the waning moments of the opening round when a second gut-wrenching armbar was applied. With the victory, "Rowdy" improves her unblemished record to 5-0 and is expected to face Sarah Kaufman in her first title defense.
Josh Thomson made his return tonight, taking on striker K.J. Noons in the co-main event. After more than a year of inactivity, Thomson faced the inevitable question of ring-rust heading into the bout, but was able to dominate Noons for much of the affair. Known more for his crisp boxing and knockout power than wrestling and jiu-jitsu, "King" was unable to offer any defense from his back, as Thomson blanketed him from top position. Though the judges' scored the bout unanimously in his favor, "The Punk," who is likely next in line to challenge current 155-pound champ Gilbert Melendez, remained critical of his performance.
Kazuo Misaki was successful in his promotional debut, battling Paul Daley en-route to a favorable split decision, while Lumumba Sayers choked-out heavy-handed veteran Scott Smith. Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza got back in the win column, submitting short-notice replacement opponent Bristol Marunde in the main card opener.
LowKick.com Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey Main Card Awards:
- Fight of the Night: These awards are supposed to be designated for those competing on the main card (hence their title), but this card's fight of the night was hands down Sarah Kaufmann vs. Alexis Davis. In what was undoubtedly one of the most entertaining ladies' bouts I've seen to date, these two came out swinging for the fences - and beyond. In the end, it was Kaufman who emerged victorious via majority decision, but the real winner was Women's MMA as a whole.
- Performance of the Night: Getting back to the main card, Ronda Rousey's display of technique and brute strength was a site to behold. Knowing full-well what the challenger's gameplan entailed, Miesha Tate was still unable to provide an answer for Rousey's judo-throw, armbar, tap-out routine. And while "Rowdy" may not have shown us anything new tonight, the fact that she was able to pull of the same ole stunt against a tried and true champion like Tate speaks volumes about her fighting future.
- Finish of the Night: Yes, this also goes to Rousey. If that first armbar wasn't nasty enough, the second one left you wondering how Tate had any arm left at all. And while Tate deserves the utmost respect for hanging on as long as she did, one has to wonder if it was worth losing a limb over?