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March 4, 2012

Rousey's win over Tate for Strikeforce title lived up to the hype

Finally, a fight that lived up to the hype.

Undefeated Ronda Rousey (5-0, 3-0 Strikeforce) submitted former champion Miesha Tate (12-3, 4-2 Strikeforce) in the first round to win the women’s bantamweight championship at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” was the main-event fight of the evening of an action-packed card.

For several months leading up to the fight, Rousey and Tate gave promotional interviews to sell the fight. At times the back-and-forth trash talking seemed to become personal and not to just sell tickets. Even at the start of the fight the referee gave the final instructions to both fighters and he ended by saying, “I understand that we are not touching gloves.” 

The fight started with Tate connecting on several punches to the face of her opponent. Rousey counted by taking Tate down and gaining side control. Rousey them transitioned to her first armbar submission but Tate escaped. 

She was able to gain the back of Rousey and attempt a rear-naked choke. After a brief scramble both fighters made it back on their feet. Tate connected on three punches and Rousey grabbed her and display her world-class judo by executing a hip toss.

Rousey then got a full mount and was able to ground and pound Tate with several punches before transitioning to an armbar submission at 4:36 of the first-round.  

After a tough bout most fighters show respect to their opponent by shaking their hand. But not in this case, Rousey expressed her feelings about Tate, “At the weigh-in when she got into my face and I pushed her back, and she said ‘I should be fined for head butting her,’ I thought if you are going to try an act hard then back it up.”

Rousey's next opponent should be former champion Sarah Kaufman, who won a majority decision over Alexis Davis on the undercard. 

In the co-main event, former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (19-4, 9-3 Strikeforce) won a unanimous decision over KJ Noons (11-5, 3-3 Strikeforce) by out=wrestling him for three rounds. For the 15 minutes of the fight, Thomson was able to keep the fight on the ground for 10 minutes and 28 seconds. When asked about his performance, he wasn’t too pleased, “It’s was (expletive),” he said. “How else can you explain it, it was (expletive).”

But when asked about fighting lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez next, he said, “I’m going back to the way I used to train, and if I get hurt, I get hurt. I’m going to go back to training super hard and super aggressive for 12 weeks. I’m going to make sure that I whoop Gilbert’s (expletive).” 

Below are the full undercard results:

 

Kazuo Misaki won by split decision over Paul Daley.

Lumumba Sayers won by submission (guillotine choke) over Scott Smith.  

Ronaldo Souza won by submission (arm triangle) over Bristol Marunde.

Sarah Kaufman won via majority decision over Alexis Davis.  

Roger Bowling won by TKO over Brandon Saling.

Pat Healy won by submission (arm triangle) over Caros Fodor.  

Ryan Couture won by TKO over Conor Heun.

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