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Strikeforce returns to Showtime TONIGHT (Sat., Aug. 18, 2012) to stage its latest mixed martial arts (MMA) event from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif., featuring its fiery female champion, Ronda Rousey, defending her 135-pound belt for the first time ever in the main event of the evening against Sarah Kaufman.
In other main card action, former Middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza will look to inch closer to competing again for the 185-pound crown against Derek Brunson, while Lumumba Sayers will attempt to extend his current win streak to three when he collides with Anthony Smith.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sat., Aug. 18, 2012), which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime. The latest quick updates of the under card action will begin to flow earlier than that around 8 p.m. ET with the "Prelims" bouts on SHO Extreme.
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Without further delay, see below for the latest Strikeforce: "Rousey vs. Kaufman" results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)
STRIKEFORCE: "ROUSEY VS. KAUFMAN" QUICK RESULTS
Main Event (Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship):
135 lbs.: Ronda Rousey def. Sarah Kaufman via submission (armbar) at 0:54 of round one
Main Card (Showtime):
185 lbs.: Ronaldo Souza def. Derek Brunson via KO at 0:41 of round one
170 lbs.: Tarec Saffiedine def. Roger Bowling via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Anthony Smith def. Lumumba Sayers via submission (triangle) at 3:52 of round one
205 lbs.: Ovince St. Preux def. T.J. Cook via KO at 0:20 of round three
Preliminary Card (Showtime Extreme):
135 lbs.: Miesha Tate def. Julie Kedzie via submission (armbar) at 3:28 of round three
185 lbs.: Adlan Amagov def. Keith Berry via TKO (strikes) at 0:48 of round one
135 lbs.: Germaine de Randamie def. Hiroko Yamanaka via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Bobby Green def. Matt Ricehouse via unanimous decision
STRIKEFORCE PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY (SHOWTIME):
(Strikeforce Bantamweight Championship) Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman (135-pound limit):
Round one: Rousey comes out right away planting jabs. Rousey ties her up and gets down immediately. Rousey on top. She's got full mount and then transitions to the armbar! This could be it! Kaufman defends by holding her arms together but Rousey not giving up! She's got it! Ronda Rousey has won her sixth straight pro MMA fight in a row with a first round armbar!!!
Final results: Ronda Rousey via submission (armbar) at 0:54 of round one
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Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson (185-pound limit):
Round one: Head kick by Brunson is blocked. Souza with a big overhand right. Brunson with a combo on his way out bu he eats a huge right hand! He's hurt! Jacare swarms him and finishes him in short time! Jacare saw an opening and capitalized before Brunson even knew what hit him! Wow! Great KO win for Souza.
Final results: Ronaldo Souza via KO at 0:41 of round one
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Round one: Bowling very aggressive early on with leg kicks. Good right hand by Saffiedine. Bowling with a big left hook to the body. Bowling with a big combo, and he's really starting to get loose with his hands. Saffiedine with a jab, but he is countered with several hard punches in a row. Saffiedine initiates the thai clinch and lands a big knee to the body. Bowling comes back with a couple of big combos in a row. Saffiedine takes the action to the fence, looking to wear down on his opponent. Bowling reverses and drops down for a single leg attempt. He gives it up and backs to the center of the cage. Good inside leg kick by Saffiedine. High kick by Bowling. Saffiedine with the clinch again and he lands a big knee to the head. Bowling looks willing to eat it though as he pushes through for a takedown attempt. Saffiedine shows good balance and reverses Bowling on the cage, leaning on him to continue to try and dirty things up. Saffiedine lands a big elbow on the exit. Bowling charging forward now with punches and he follows through to once again try and take the fight to the mat. Nothing doing. Saffiedine ties him up once more and has him on the fence. Disappointing that the ref is letting this stalling go on. Saffiedine seems intent on making this a boring affair. Bowling gets free and back to center. Big left hook by Bowling. 10-9 Bowling.
Round two: Bowling with the left hook, answered by the outside leg kick by Saffiedine. Bowling brings the heat again with another big left hook. Looks like Saffiedine hit Bowling with an accidental eyepoke. He'll need a minute to straighten things out. Back to the action. Good combo by Bowling, who continues to throw some really big strikes, but hasn't been able to land squarely. Front kick by Saffiedine. Good inside leg kick by Bowling. Fighters meet in the middle and exchange combos. Saffiedine gets off now with his first real big combination of the fight. We're halfway through round two. Saffiedine ties Bowling up and brings him over to the cage again. Referee warns for action. Good knee by Bowling. And another. Bwoling reverses and then throws him down, but Saffiedine gets back up before Bowling can pounce on him. Saffiedine back up and clinches up. Knee to the body by Bowling. Big overhand left by Bowling, narrowly misses. Good combo by Bowling. Uppercut by Saffiedine. Good counter right hand by Saffiedine. Tough round to score. 10-9 Saffiedine.
Round three: Body kick by Saffiedine and then a leg kick. Bowling answers with a nice combo, ending on a leg kick of his own. Bowling rushes in with a combo, Saffiedine grabs hold of the back of the head and throws a knee that Bowling is able to block. Another knee by Saffiedine, countered by a looping left hand from Bowling. Very even fight thus far. Good jab by Bowling. Saffiedine answers with a hard leg kick. Good left hook by Bowling. Body kick by Bowling. Hard leg kick by Saffiedine. Spinning back kick by Saffiedine, just barely misses as Bowling shoots forward and ties up his hips. Bowling has him against the fence and is working for the ever elusive takedown. Saffiedine reverses and leans on him, which has really been the story of this whole fight. Shoulder strike by Saffiedine. Knees by Saffiedine. Good strikes by Saffiedine from inside the clinch. One minute left. Bowling shoots but is met with a sprawl. Saffiedine jumps over and takes his back. He's got the hooks in and is working for a submission. Bad spot for Bowling. Bad mistake with not much time left. It looks like Bowling will survive, but will probably lose the decision because of the miscue. 10-9 Saffiedine.
Final results: Tarec Saffiedine via unanimous decision
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Lumumba Sayers vs. Anthony Smith (185-pound limit):
Round one: Tentative in the early going by both fighters. Smith shoots and is met with a sprawl. Sayers has his back momentarily but Smith is able to reverse and ends up on top in full mount. Terrible turn of events for Sayers. Smith looking to land some big ground and pound from the top. Lots of time left in the round. Big elbow by Smith. Sayers looks to have zero answers for how to get out of this position. There's a lot of blood on the mat, and it's hard to see who it's coming from. Sayers appears to have a bad cut on the top of his head. Sayers scrambles and is able to get out! He's up! Sayers has his back in the standing position and Smith grabs an arm and rolls. Sayers gets out and back up again. Smith a good right hand. Sayers is bleeding like a faucet now. Good body kick by Smith. Sayers partially catches it but the damage was done already. Smith with a thunderous leg kick. Sayers answers with a big overhand right and Smith avoids it but slips to his back. Sayers jumps into the guard to try and finish him but foolishly leaves his neck and arm exposed! Smith sinks in the triangle quickly and Sayers taps! Its all over!
Final results: Anthony Smith via submission (triangle) at 3:52 of round one
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T.J. Cook vs. Ovince St. Preux (205-pound limit):
Round one: No glove touching here to begin this win. St. Preux with a head kick right away. Big body kick by St. Preux as Cook throws a big right hand. Head kick by St. Preux again. Cook rushes in to tie things up but gets reversed on the fence by the stronger OSP. St. Preux throws up another lazy head kick, this time coming nowhere near the target. St. Preux lands a big left hook! Cook is hurt! Cook gets back to his feet but he is getting swarmed by strikes. Cook is stuck in the clinch now but gets out quickly. Big comeback for Cook who has turned things around after shaking off the cobwebs! What a tough guy T.J. Cook is! Two minutes left. Overhand right by Cook lands on the chest. OSP throws a big uppercut that misses. St. Preux looks gassed. St. Preux initiates the clinch the ndrops down for a leg and a takedown. Half guard with a minute left. St. Preux looks to get his left leg free so he can move to side control. Good head control by Cook. St. Preux transitions to a kimura attempt. Looks deep for a moment but Cook is able to scramble to a better position. Cook rolls now to avoid taking hammerfists and OSP takes his back! Things looks rough for Cook for a second, but he is able to escape out the backdoor as the horn sounds. 10-9 St. Preux.
Round two: St. Preux comes forward pawing, looking to find the distance. Both fighters look a bit hesitant to start this round. Big body kick by St. Preux after almost a solid minute of no activity by either fighter. Head kick by St. Preux. Big uppercut by Cook. It was hard to tell in the first round, but Cook's face looks really dinged up from the early exchanges, bruised and bloodied. Big right hand by Cook. Good combo by St. Preux. St. Preux follows with another combo that ends on a low kick. Cook takes a minute to recover and we're back. Good straight left by OSP. St. Preux with a head kick and Cook counters with a big right. St. Preux fires in for a double leg power takedwon and he gets it. St. Preux on top with a minute and a half left. St. Preux now in side control with Cook pressed up against the fence. St. Preux switches to north-south then back to side control. One minute left. St. Preux still going for the choke, but he gives up on it and moves to full mount. Big strikes from the top by OSP. Cook rolls to avoid further damage and gives up his back. Cook rolls again and is still mounted. The horn sounds, saving Cook from taking any really big shots. 10-9 St. Preux.
Round three: Good jab by St. Preux. Huge left hand by St. Preux and he is out cold!! It was a left hand right on the button and Cook was out immediately! Massive knockout win for OSP!
Final results: Ovince St. Preux via KO at 0:20 of round three
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STRIKEFORCE "PRELIMS" COMMENTARY (SHO EXTREME):
Round one: Tate rushes in and eats a big combo! Kedzie unloads with punches! Tate is getting brutalized! Tate won't be able to take many more of these strikes. Tate looks wobbly and is already red and swollen in the face. Big body kick by Kedzie. Tate will need one of her signature takedowns soon if she has any hope of survival. Tate rushes in and ties things up on the fence, clearly not wanting any more of the standup. Frank Shamrock comes out of the woodworks, after saying nothing for at least five minutes, to proudly use the term "superWOMAN punch." Shut up, Frank. Kedize is able to get free and they're back to center. Tate shoots and is met with the sprawl of Kedzie. Kedzie is on her back and decides to let her back up. Tate feints with a right hand and then shoots. Kedzie sprawls and grabs hold of her from the top. Hard punches to the ribcage by Kedzie, and she lets her back up again. Big right hand by Kedzie. Big overhand right by Tate misses entirely. Kedzie ties her up and drags her to the fence where she bludgeons her with big knees to the body. It's been all Julie Kedzie in round one. Leg kick by Kedzie. Tate shoots through it for another takedown attempt but gets nothing but a bunch of punches in the side and face. Sidekick by Kedzie and Tate is dropped. Kedzie looks to pounce and gets herself stuck in a triangle! It's deep, but not enough time as the horn sounds. 10-9 Kedzie.
Round two: In between rounds, Shamrock uses the term "superWOMAN punch" again. Like the first time, his attempt at humor is totally ignored. Round two underway. Fighters meet in the middle and exchanges combos. Good 1-1-2 combo by Kedzie. Tate charges through another combo to tie things up for a takedown but she gets reversed. Kedzie landing big knees now on the fence. Kedzie goes for a throw but gets displaced on her back. Kedzie with a triangle attempt from the bottom. She transitions to an armbar attempt. Deja vu for Tate, who certainly doesn't want to get finished in this fashion again. Tate very cautious in defending, and she finally gets out. Tate has Kedzie's back. She has the hooks in. She's going to try for the rear-naked choke. Kedzie trying to shake her off. Tate goes for it. It's deep! Kedzie turns but she is in a bad spot. Kedzie is able to get out but she's fully mounted. Big elbow by Tate from the top! Kedzie very active off her back. Tate changes angles and goes for another choke but Kedzie is out and back on her feet! Great work by Kedzie getting free. Tate using dirty boxing from in close. Both fighters look exhausted. Tate drops down for a takedown and finally gets it. Kedzie working hard to get back up. Not much time left. 10-9 Tate.
Round three: Hard outside leg kick by Kedzie. Tate clearly damaged as she falls backwards but springs back up. Tate shoots and is stuffed. Kedzie throwing punches but has visibly slowed since round one. Kedzie with aother big leg kick then a head kick! Tate is rocked! Tate is on her back and Kedzie pounces. Kedzie using hammerfists. Tate throws up a triangle attempt off her back. She transitions to an armbar attempt. Kedzie is trying vigorously to connect her hands and stack Tate. Tate is doing a good job of pushing back on the chin to create leverage. Two and a half minutes left and Kedzie is in danger. Kedzie rolls and really does the worst thing possible. This is deep. I'm honestly amazed she hasn't tapped yet! How has Tate not secured this armbar?? Finally, with 1:32 left, Kedzie is left with no choice but to say "uncle."
Final results: Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) at 3:28 of round three
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Round one: Patient at the onset by both fighters. Big kick and then a knee by Amagov. Berry is hurt! Amagov is all over him. Referee Herb Dean has stopped the fight and it looks over! Now there is a pause as they try and figure out what happened. It appears as though Amagov landed a push kick that dislocated Berry's knee. Berry was trying to tell Herb about the illegal strike, and he misinterpreted it to mean he was verbally tapping out. Either way, Amagov will take this one via TKO.
Final results: Adlan Amagov via TKO (strikes) at 0:48 of round one
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Germaine de Randamie vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (135-pound limit):
Round one: De Randamie sitting back patiently as Yamanaka moves around like an energizer bunny. De Randamie looks ready to tee off at any moment. Yamanaka sure to have jitters after her last outing versus "Cyborg," in which she had an early outing after eating a barrage of fists. De Randamie with a good combo. Yamanaka continues to circle. Surprising that Yamanaka has not shot yet. She's really living on borrowed time by continuing to stand and trade. De Randamie throws another big right hand that barely misses. De Randamie lands this time and Yamanaka didn't like that one bit. Yamanaka with an ambitious jump front kick that misses badly. Good right cross by de Randamie. Leg kick by Yamanaka. Furious exchange in the middle of the cage and Yamanaka clinches and works for the takedown. Minute and a half left. Referee warns for activity. De Randamie reverses and now has Yamanaka on the fence. Yamanaka reverses right back as they continue to jockey for position. Knee to the body by Yamanaka. Inside knee by Yamanaka. Referee separates them and they're back to center. Fifteen seconds left. 10-9 De Randamie.
Round two: De Randamie starts off stalking once again. Yamanaka continues with feints and rapid movement, but don't mistake activity for achievement. Good combo by de Randamie. Body kick by de Randamie. Yamanaka rushes in and gets clipped. Awkward jump kick by Yamanaka again, who is punished for her attempt once more. Yamanaka starting to keep her mouth open now, seeming to have gassed a bit due to all the spastic movement. Yamanaka ties things up on the cage and looks to sweep. De Randamie defends and peppers Yamanaka with short strikes. Yamanaka continues to work to get de Randamie down but to no avail. Great balance by de Randamie. Two minutes left. De Randamie continues to land multiple punches in the face as Yamanaka works for the takedown. The referee finally breaks them up. Big left hook by de Randamie. Yamanaka eats a combo and looks a bit staggered. Another big combo by de Randamie, barely missing with the money shot. De Randamie is starting to really pick Yamanaka apart at every turn, her precise strikes finding their home each time. Big combo again by de Randamie and the horn saves Yamanaka. 10-9 De Randamie.
Round three: Yamanaka comes forward with the jab and eats a combo in response. Yamanaka runs through several strikes to tie things up, but de Randamie is out of trouble quickly. Hard outside leg kick by Yamanaka. Big combo by de Randamie, finishing with a right cross that looks to really affect Yamanaka. Another big combo by Germaine. Yamanaka ties her up again but is reversed. De Randamie with the foot stomp. Good to see that move hasn't been retired. Always effective. Always mean. Yamanaka reverses back and keeps trying her best to get the takedown but she's had no luck at all. Yamanaka with a knee that strays low. Time is called. You don't see that often in WMMA. When you do, you shouldn't giggle. It's not funny. Not funny at all. Back to the action. Big combo by de Randamie who appears angry about the dirty knee. De Randamie is really teeing off. Yamanaka finally has enough and tangles things up again, but like the last 57 times, she is completely unable to bring things to the mat. Big right hand by de Randamie as she pushes her off and away from the cage. Decent 1-2 combo by Yamanaka, but she is challenged with a response at every turn. De Randamie is throwing everything with bad intentions. Kudos to Yamanaka for remaining conscious, but she's certainly losing badly. Big head kick by de Randamie! Twenty seconds left. Huge left hook by de Randamie and then a front kick to the head. Yamanaka survives. 10-9 De Randamie.
Final results: Germaine de Randamie via unanimous decision
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Round one: Green with a very good jab right out the gate. Ricehouse responds with a couple of nasty leg kicks. Good combo by Ricehouse. Front kick to the head by Green barely misses. Green with a nice combo as Ricehouse rushes in. Very good combinations by both fighters so far in this very even first round, this far. Ricehouse throws a combo then shoots and eats a big knee in the face. Fighters exchange leg kicks. Hard body kick by Ricehouse. Green starts off with a combo and takes a big uppercut in response from Ricehouse. Ricehouse comes forward throwing punches in bunches. Good left hook by Green as he chases Ricehouse down. Solid right hand by Green and he drops him! Ricehouse looks hurt but he gets back up. He is wobbled. Green with the muay thai clinch and punishing him with knees. Ricehouse is able to get off the fence and away from the barrage of Green who was lighting him up. Head kick by Ricehouse misses. Green is stalking him now. Knee to the body by Green goes a bit low. Brief pause. Thirty seconds left. Superman punch by Ricehouse then a high kick that is caught, leading to a takedown by Green. Green goes for a north-south choke, then as Ricehouse gets to his feet, he eats a big knee. 10-9 Green.
Round two: Ricehouse starts off with a series of punches and kicks, most of which were blocked. Big left hook by Green just smacks off the side of Ricehouse's head. Ricehouse shoots and is defended easily. Green with the clinch again and another nasty knee. This is really turning into a very one-sided fight, as Ricehouse is clearly the inferior striker and has had no success at all with his takedowns. Green counters a Ricehouse combo with a hard straight left to the head. Good jab by Green again. Ricehouse with a several punch combo, finishing with a decent leg kick. Good right hand by Ricehouse. Green is hunting him down, as Ricehouse circles away. Green looking frustrated with his opponent's unwillingness to engage. Green is taunting him now. Big jab by Green. Another two jabs in a row. Ricehouse gets nailed with an uppercut on the way in. Ricehouse with a decent left hook then a knee to the body. Green with another knee as Ricehouse shoots for an unsuccessful takedown. Green has him tied up on the cage and he drags him down. Green is draped on Ricehouse's back, looking to mount. Just a little time left. Ricehouse escapes and is back to is feet. 10-9 Green.
Round three: Ricehouse will need to do something drastic if he has any hopes up winning this fight. He's clearly behind and has really done nothing at all of any impact in this fight. Green nails him with a big uppercut then talks some smack. Ricehouse rushes in with a combo, but again, he gets the worst of the exchange. Big leg kick by Green, then he ties him up. Ricehouse reverses but is reversed right back. Green is looking the leg and he gets the takedown momentarily. To his credit, Ricehouse works hard and gets right back up. Green has him pinned on the fence and punishes him with several brutal knees. Green is really picking him apart. Every time Ricehouse shoots or charges in, he absorbs several punches, kicks and.or knees. He is getting abused. Two minutes left. Leg kick by Ricehouse. Superman punch by Ricehouse, this time actually landing a significant strike. Good combo by Green ending on an uppercut. Ricehouse ties him up and brings him over to the fence. Green pushes off and is back to center. Good combo by Ricehouse -- really the first decent strike he's landed. Time is ticking away. Under a minute left. Still all Green. Big left hand by Green. It's going to the judges, and I'll be shocked if it's not a unanimous decision in favor of Green. 10-9 Green.
Final results: Bobby Green via unanimous decision
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