“Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey” took place Saturday inside Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Miesha Tate made her first bantamweight title defense by facing bitter rival Ronda Rousey in the night’s featured attraction. Lightweights K.J. Noons and Josh Thomson collided in the co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Ryan Couture Defeated Conor Heun via TKO (Strikes) at 2:52 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: They exchange strikes to start the evening off. Heun connects on a straight right and is able to secure a takedown. Couture attempts an omoplata off his back. They scramble to their feet. Couture, 10-9.
2ndRound: Huen scores with a spinning heel kick. He then plants his opponent on the ground, but Couture is very active with submissions from his back. Couture is able to get back up and grabs a hold of Huen’s back. He attempts a rear-naked choke, but isn’t able to finish as Huen slips out the backdoor. Couture, 10-9.
3rdRound: Huen is clearly the more fatigued fighter. Couture tagging him with practically anything he wants. Couture is able to score a takedown and is unleashing solid ground-and-pound. He takes Huen’s back and is dropping bombs to the dome. It’s a wrap.
Pat Healy Defeated Caros Fodor via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 3:35 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Both are swinging for the fences early though nothing devastating landing for either fighter. They are now clinching against the cage. Fodor clocks him with several shots to the face and secures a takedown. After some ground-and-pound, Healy is able to reverse and unload a barrage of his own. Close round to score because Healy rallied at the end. Fodor, 10-9.
2ndRound: Fodor gets planted on his back and isn’t able to fight free. Healy advances to full mount and is very active with his attack. Fodor can’t do anything about it. Healy, 10-9.
3rdRound: This frame is starting out very similarly to the last, as Healy instantly leads him to the mat. Healy attempts an arm triangle choke with two minutes remaining. Fodor retaliates with by going for a knee bar, but Healy scrambles and secures a more secure arm triangle choke. Fodor is forced to cry uncle.
Roger Bowling Defeated Brandon Saling via TKO (Strikes) at 1:15 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Thrilling shootout in the early minutes. Both landed their fair share of bombs. Bowling is able to get him to the ground and has Saling caught in a crucifix. Bowling unloading vicious elbows and has cut his opponent’s forehead open. Bowling, 10-9.
2ndRound: Bowling immediately plants him on the mat and once again lands in the crucifix position. He’s dropping big shots and Saling can’t do anything to defend himself. Game over.
Sarah Kaufman Defeated Alexis Davis via Majority Decision (29-29, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: These ladies came to scrap, as an outright brawl has broken out. Kaufman is landing more power shots and now has her clinched against the fence. Time is called to check out the cut over Davis’ left eye. Game on. Kaufman is clearly targeting the gash. Davis is starting to land her fair share of punches. She connects on a short elbow that cuts Kaufman. Kaufman, 10-9.
2ndRound: Much clinching to start the middle stanza. Kaufman is more efficient with her punches, but Davis isn’t backing down. Davis tags her with a violent leg kick. She is scoring with several knees to the midsection. Exciting back-and-forth round, it will be a tough one to score. Davis, 10-9.
3rdRound: Davis continues her assault with kicks and knees. Davis trips her to the canvas and lands in side control with three minutes to go. She grabs a hold of her arm and is looking for a kimura, but it cost her top position as Kaufmman sweeps. Davis regains dominant position. The bout will come own to how the judges scored the last round. Davis, 10-9, and takes the contest on our cards, 29-28.
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Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza Defeated Bristol Marunde via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 2:43 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Much jousting to start the contest. While in the clinch, Jacare jumps on his back and locks in both hooks. The Brazilian is methodical with his attack. Time is called, as the referee warns him for hitting Marunde in the back of the head. The fight resumes standing and Jacare instantly drops him with a right hand. He takes his back again, but Marunde is able to scramble to his feet. Jacare, 10-9.
2ndRound: Marunde forges ahead in the opening minute, though isn’t able to connect with much. Jacare answers with a combination that’s highlighted with a spinning back kick to the face. Marunde scores with a leg kick, which Jacare counters with a vicious right hand. He follows up with an overhand right to Marunde’s dome. Jacare lands a takedown just as the horn blares. Jacare, 10-9.
3rdRound: Jacare is clearly the better fighter, but anything short of a finish would have to be disappointing. He immediately plants Marunde on his back. Jacare takes his back. The jiu jitsu specialist moves to Marunde’s side and locks in an arm triangle choke that forces his overwhelmed opponent to tap.
Lumumba Sayers Defeated Scott Smith via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:34 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Sayers scores an early double leg takedown and immediately transitions onto Smith’s back. Sayers stands up, lands a couple of strikes before slamming Smith on his back. Sayers secures a guillotine choke forcing the former UFC veteran to submit.
Kazuo Misaki Defeated Paul Daley via Split Decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Misaki follows a straight left with a takedown, but Daley scrambles back up. Both fighters are still feeling each other out for most of the round. Misaki is displaying quick hands and seems to have Daley a little surprised. Daley surprisingly scores a takedown himself, Misaki reverses and ends up on top though as the round ends. Misaki 10-9.
2ndRound: Daley eats a couple of knees to his body before pushing Misaki up against the cage. The fighters return to the center of the cage with the Japanese fighter getting the better of the exchanges. Daley scores a takedown midway through the round. After great defense off his back, Misaki is able to end up in Daley’s guard. Daley 10-9.
3rdRound: After missing on a big overhand right, Daley scores another takedown. The referee asks for a doctor to check out a huge gash over Misaki’s left eye caused by a glancing Daley elbow. Misaki picks up the pace when the fight resumes. Misaki clearly has taken control of the action with Daley continuing to backpedal. Daley attempts another takedown, but Misaki is able to pop right back up and continues to attack as the bout ends. 10-9 Misaki.
Josh Thomson Defeated K.J. Noons via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Thomson tags him with a front kick to the face. Noons gets taken down on a single-leg. Thomson has him pinned against the fence, as the crowd boos due to lack of action. Thomson hasn’t thrown any punches and has held his opponent down for nearly two minutes. Thomson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Thomson throws a couple of kicks to set up his shot. He’s relentless with his takedown efforts and once again plants Noons on his butt. It’s clear Thomson intends to wrestle his way to a W. The referee stands them up because of inactivity. Thomson appears gassed, but is able to secure another takedown. Thomson, 10-9.
3rdRound: Thomson drags him to the canvas in less than 30 seconds. He attempts a tight arm triangle choke, though Noons is able finally wiggle free. “The Punk” is doing just enough on the ground to prevent the fight from getting stood up. Not the most thrilling bout of the night, but Thomson cruises to a win, nonetheless. Thomson, 30-27.
Ronda Rousey Defeated Miesha Tate via Submission (Armbar) at 4:27 in the 1stRound (Rousey becomes new Strikeforce bantamweight champion)
1stRound: Tate looks focused, but Rousey appears ready to kill somebody. This should be interesting… No touch of gloves to start the fireworks. Tate comes out like a house on fire, winging several punches. Rousey leads her to the mat and locks in an armbar. Tate appeared in severe trouble, though somehow managed to escape. During the scramble she takes Rousey’s back. They work their way to their feet. Rousey trips her to the ground. Tate was a tad careless with her standup attack and gets hip tossed to the mat. Rousey advances to full mount, now takes her back. She goes for another armbar, and this time, Tate can’t escape. She held on as long as she could, but her left arm is now going to pay the price – it’s wrecked.
Rousey talked the talk, and tonight, she walked the walk. “Rowdy’s” undefeated, with all five of her wins coming via 1stRound armbar submissions.