03-04-2012, 09:39 AM
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| | After bloody win, Strikeforce's Sarah Kaufman all but stamps title shot
After bloody win, Strikeforce's Sarah Kaufman all but stamps title shot
After bloody win, Strikeforce's Sarah Kaufman all but stamps title shot | MMAjunkie.com
It was plenty bloody and plenty thrilling. And it likely got Sarah Kaufman the title shot for which she's been patiently waiting. |
After 15 minutes of back-and-forth action, Kaufman (15-1 MMA, 6-1 SF) earned a majority-decision victory (29-29, 29-28, 29-28) over a very game Alexis Davis (11-5 MMA, 2-1 SF).
The fight was the featured attraction on the Showtime Extreme-televised preliminary card of Saturday's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event, which took place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Ronda Rousey, due to her dominant in-cage performances and out-of-cage boasting, leapfrogged Kaufman in the pecking order and subsequently defeated Miesha Tate to become the new bantamweight champion in Saturday's headliner.
Kaufman doesn't want to be passed over any more, so she took to the microphone in her post-fight interview with Strikeforce commentator Mauro Ranallo and was vocal about what she wanted and why she wanted it.
"I've been told before my next fight is a title fight and it didn't happen," Kaufman told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) after the bout. "At this stage of the game, it is saying what I believe and making sure the fans know what I know, and that they want the same things I do."
Kaufman previously fought and defeated a then-debuting Davis by TKO in April 2007, which seems like decades ago. Regardless, there was no shortage of tape to try to evaluate the extent of her evolution.
"It (the game plan) really involved just letting my strikes go and actually hitting with some power," Kaufman said. "I know in other fights I've been a little bit more on the outside as my opponents run away or circled a little bit more. I knew Alexis would come in, and she'll kind of wade through that."
And wade through it she did. Kaufman, seen as the superior technical striker coming into the bout, was able to thwart the early grappling of Davis with positioning and force her to stand and trade. After Davis was stunned with a right hand, she regrouped and remained in the pocket while content to trade shots with Kaufman. Davis was losing the exchanges, and it showed on her face –so much so that the referee called a timeout to examine a deep cut over her left eye. The fight, though, continued.
"I knew that she was going to be tough," Kaufman said. "I know that she likes to throw those clinch knees, and I was able to watch for them and just make sure that none of them hit me and was able to fire back."
The second round was more of the same, but the third frame would get interesting.
Davis was able to use a trip-takedown and get Kaufman to the mat.
"I let my hips get too close and just kind of relaxed for a second, and she got that takedown, which is not something I normally let happen," Kaufman said. "So I'm going to have to go back and take a look and see where my feet were and where they should be."
Once in top control, Davis did the best she could to land elbows and short punches, but it was too little too late. She needed to put Kaufman in real danger, and it simply didn't happen.
"I knew that I needed to move, but I also knew she was landing very few strikes," Kaufman said. "And because of that, she wasn't really giving me an opportunity to create any space to get moving. She was tight on my hips and tight on my shoulders.
"I wanted to make sure she was originally trying for the head-and-arm choke and then trying for a kimura to set up the mount. I was able to see all of those things. I'm confident with my ground game, but she was tight on the body and good for her."
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Strikeforce results: Ronda Rousey has the title and Sarah Kaufman is going to 'beat it back from her' - MMAmania.com
Newly-crowned Strikeforce Women's Champion Ronda Rousey may get a little time off from training camp, but there are no reprieves in the world of pre-fight trash talk. |
Picking up where Miesha Tate left off, former 135-pound titleholder Sarah Kaufman is calling for another crack at the division crown after proving she was (still) championship material by defeating fellow Canadian Alexis Davis at the Strikeforce: "Tate vs. Rousey" event last night (March 3, 2012) in Columbus, Ohio.
"The fans, they wanna see fighters. They wanna see two people get in there, swing, hit each other and get a little bloody. It's the first time I've been cut and I love it! It's my belt, I want it! It's my fault I lost it and no one else should have it. If Ronda Rousey wins that title, it will be sweet satisfaction to beat it back from her."
Last night's majority decision victory was Kaufman's third win in a row and a strong statement for getting the next shot at the "Rowdy" one. Now, I don't want to sound overly pessimistic, but it should be noted that in 16 professional fights, Kaufman has just one loss.
And it came by armbar.
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