Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman LowKick.com Staff PredictionsPosted on August 17, 2012, 09:44 AM by Anton Gurevich
Anton Gurevich: I’m not sure Ronda Rousey is 100% concentrated on the task ahead of her. Sarah Kaufman is no joke - she has more experience, and more than enough skills to grind out a victory. The amount of media work Ronda Rousey done after her fight with Miesha Tate is something the experienced duo of Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva still treat as one of the main threats to ability to win inside the cage. Yes, Rousey is incredibly talented, but I it really looks like she’s underestimating a tough, and well, way more experienced MMA fighter in Sarah Kaufman. As always, a fight of Rousey's caliber has what it takes to prove me wrong, but as for now, I firmly believe Kaufman will win this fight. Decisively. Sarah Kaufman via KO in Round 2.
Mike Searson: Kaufman is a well-rounded fighter and has 10 of her 15 career wins under her belt by way of KO/TKO. However, her sole loss was to an arm bar in 2010. If she fights smart, she will keep her distance, float in, pepper Rousey with jabs and float out again. If Rousey grabs her, she is finished, unless she has arms made of rubber. Rousey is a smart fighter and she knows her strengths. Unless she deviates from what she has been doing in the past, there is no reason why she cannot win this one. I think I will be the odd man out and suspect that Kaufman will fight smart and keep this at a distance winning by points (number of strikes) and a decision for Kaufman.
Bryan Fontez: At the time when Rousey defeated Meisha Tate, I found Tate rather annoying. Then her boyfriend - MMA fighter Brian Caraway - disrespectfully threatened Rousey physically, and I instantly hated the both of them. I cheered for Rousey and was content with what took place. Some people need to be taught a lesson, and Rousey snapping the arm of Meisha Tate was hopefully such a thing. With that said, interestingly enough I've now grown to dislike Ronda Rousey. After recently viewing both episodes of her all access series, I've had the time and perspective to see her true colors. And in my opinion they aren't pretty. Ronda comes off like a rude adolescent, with the immaturity of a teenager who hasn't been well educated. This is a hard pick to make style wise and I'll probably be rooting for Kaufmann. But Rousey's Judo and submission skills are simply too good to ignore. If Ronda can put combo's together better than her sentences, she just might have a chance. If she can get it to the ground it'll be Ronda Rousey via 2nd Round Submission.
Mike Drahota: Ronda Rousey is obviously riding an incredible hype train as of right now, with being the face of WMMA bestowed upon her shoulders. I it justified? Some may say yes, others know. The bottom line, for me, is her seemingly indestructible skills at Judo in submitting every opponent in her path. Not many seem to be giving Sarah Kaufman a chance in this one. We will find out if she deserves more credit than she is being given on Saturday night. Is Kaufman a tough, game fighter? Yes. Can she defeat the wrecking ball that is Rousey? I say no. Hopefully we see a good fight, but I can't help predicting that Ronda Rousey wins by first-round armbar.
Evan Holober: Sarah Kauffman is the more well-rounded fighter. She's fast, powerful, and has underrated take down defense. Her style could really pose a problem for Ronda because of her being so far ahead of Rousey in striking. However, Ronda is stronger, a lot bigger, and light years ahead of Kauffman on the ground. Rousey might get rocked at some point, might even get dropped, but will take control before to long. If Marloes Coenen could submit Sarah you can be sure that Ronda can do the same. Ronda Rousey Submission (arm bar) Round 1.