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In what is starting to look like the longest stay of execution in the history of the world (or at least professional sports), Strikeforce kept on trucking last night (Sat., Aug. 18, 2012) as Strikeforce: "Rousey vs. Kaufman" rolled through San Diego, California.
The main event featured Women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who was defending her newly minted belt for the first time against Sarah Kaufman, who had practically begged for a crack at the loud-mouthed "Rowdy."
Be careful what you wish for.
Rousey left no doubt as to who was the better fighter of the two, with a clinical performance that inevitably went to the ground. Although a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ), Kaufman was no match for Rousey's superior submission skills, and she became just another notch in the belt of the still undefeated champion.
After six straight wins in dominant fashion, could Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos be next in line to face the brash, young phenom?
By beating Kaufman, Rousey unseated the woman who was previously ranked as the number one women's mixed martial arts (WMMA) fighter in the world.
Who is there that is left to fight?
Essentially, you're left with the choice between a rematch or a match up that just doesn't get the fans very excited.
Unless a fight with "Cyborg" can be arranged, that is.
Let's be real, there's really not anyone else that fans want to see Rousey fight. The fighters genuinely don't like each other. Stylistically, it makes for a very intriguing fight.
Sure, they fight at different weight classes, but it's an obstacle that simply must be overcome. Whether Rousey moves up for a one-off, "Cyborg" moves down (presumably to stay if she were to win), or they just meet at a catchweight, this fight being made is about as common sense a decision as there is.
Of course, there is that one teeny, tiny, little obstacle to overcome that is Santos' ability to get licensed to fight, which is something she will have an opportunity to take care of when her suspension is over in December.
It would mean Rousey would be on the shelf until late December or sometime in January, but if she really cares about her legacy and shutting up her new nemesis, she should be willing to make that sacrifice.
The giant paycheck she'd receive would certainly help ease her pain.
Ultimately, I think this comes down to "Cyborg" more tan anything or anyone else. You didn't do steroids, right? You're the best in the world, right? Rousey is a loud-mouthed punk who deserves to get her face punched in, right?
Then prove it. Do whatever you have to do to make the fight happen. Get in the cage and walk through her the way you did in your past 11 fights.
If you can do that, the critics will shut up. You'll prove us all wrong. You'll get the last laugh.
In the event that a fight between Rousey and Santos is unable to be put together, it honestly doesn't leave a ton of options.
Miesha Tate is coming off a win and she "wants her belt back." But, come on. Last time she got into the cage with Rousey, we saw one of the worst arm snappings ever in the sport of MMA. She may eventually get a rematch, but the idea of it happening this soon makes little to no sense.
Of the ten women ranked in the world, only Tate and Kaufman remain with Rousey in Strikeforce. The majority of the others fight either for Bellator or Invicta FC.
In my mind, Strikeforce either needs to do everything in their power to make Rousey vs. Santos a reality, or they need to whip out the pocketbook and splurge on some new additions.
If Scott Coker has any power left, his objective should be clear.