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“Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” Play-by-Play

MMAFrenzy’s coverage of “Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” rolls along with our play-by-play of tonight’s main card. Tonight’s main card is headlined by a Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title fight between champ Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman. Be sure to check and refresh often for live scoring and play-by-play of tonight’s card.

Bantamweight Title Fight: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sarah Kaufman

Round 1 – Herb Dean is still hearing boos as our referee tonight. Rousey comes out swarming and gets it to the clinch. Rousey with a takedown and she sweeps to mount. A few strikes and armbar time. Kaufman is defending correctly for now. Rousey adjusts and now has the armbar and the bout is over.

Ronda Rousey def. Sarah Kaufman via submission (armbar) at 0:54 of Round 1

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Derek Brunson

Round 1 – Fighters trading shots early. Jacare drops Brunson with a massive counter right hook. Brunson tries to recover and Jacare attacks again and Brunson goes flat. Nothing he could do there, Jacare’s striking was pin point.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Derek Brunson via KO (strikes) at 0:41 of Round 1

Roger Bowling vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Round 1 – Fighters feeling each other out early and exchanging equal shots. Head kick to body punch combo by Bowling. Combo from Bowling. Nice combo punctuated by legkick by Bowling. Nice knee from the plum by Saffidine. Body shots by Bowling. Saffiedine now controlling the clinch but Bowling reverses and briefly looks for a takedown. Big legkick by Tarec. Big knees from Tarec in the clinch and Bowling drops to a double leg and Tarec reverses along the cage. Knee to the body and and elbow on the exit by Tarec. Clinch work now as the fighters are just exchanging shots now. Nice shot by Tarec. Beautiful legkick by Tarec as the round ends. MMAFrenzy scores a very narrow round 10-9 Saffiedine.

Round 2 – Wicked legkick by Sayers and brutal body shot by bowling open the round. Accidental eye poke and we have a stoppage. Jab off the open by Tarec. Both fighters exchanging leg kicks. Nasty combo by Tarec. Big combo by Bowling. Legkicks by both fighters. Tarec with a gorgeous combination punctuated by a legkick. Tarec grabs the thai plumb but Bowling throws massive hooks and Tarec clinches along the cage. Bowling with a sloppy single leg and couldn’t follow Tarec to the ground. Body kick by Tarec. Nice counter right by Bowling. Jab to lowkick combo by Saffiedine. Body shots by Bowling and Tarec just misses a wicked headkick. Another close round that MMAFrenzy scores 10-9 Saffiedine. (20-18)

Round 3 – Jab to low kick combo by Tarec. Bowling swings wildly but doesn’t connect. Great counter knee by Tarec. Legkick by Tarec. Nasty legkick by Tarec. Jab-legkick combo again by Tarec. Bowling is swinging wildly but clearly exhausted and not landing. Tarec tries a spinning kick that Bowling tries to turn into a takedown but he’s just too tired to finish. Tarec controlling the clinch along the cage now. Knees by Saffiedine. Wicked body shots by Tarec. Nice jab stops a Bowling attack. Bowling has a takedown stuffed and Tarec sprawls and spins to the back. Tarec in back mount with :30 left. Tarex has the choke with :10 left but cannot finish it but it should win the fight. MMAFrenzy scores the clearest round of the fight 10-9 Saffiedine (30-27).

Tarec Saffiedine def. Roger Bowling via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)

Lumumba Sayers vs. Anthony Smith

Round 1 – Herb Dean is introduced our referee and receives a hail of boos to start the fight. Smith looks for a takedown but Sayers counters. A scramble ensures and Smith ends up in full mount. Sayers trying to escape as Smith tries to ork his strikes. Sayers explodes out and another scramble ensues. Sayers has his back and Smith tries a rolling kimura and misses it. Nice shot by Smith and Sayers is cut. Big legkick by Smith. Smith slips and gets clipped by a Sayers punch. Sayers swarms and doesn’t realize Smith was never hurt and walks into a triangle. All academic from that point.

Anthony Smith def. Lumumba Sayers via submission (triangle choke) at 3:52 of Round 1

T.J. Cook vs. Ovince St. Preux

Round 1 – Big swings by OSP early. Massive legkick by Cook. Huge headkick by OSP. Big legkick by Cook. Fighters decide to grapple a bit along the cage but we’re free. OSP unloads on Cook and then drops him with a massive left hook. OSP is swarming and the refereer is close to stopping it but Cook somehow works back up. Cook catches OSP swarming and stuns him now. Cook now teeing off but OSP recovers. Both fighters are throwing bombs. OSP with a headkick. OSP with a nasty body shot that drops Cook again. OSP works a takedown and Cook nearly takes his back. OSP works a keylock but can’t get it. OSP into mount and now back mount. Cook bucks him off and we’re back on our feet. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 OSP.

Round 2 – Fighters look for an opening early. Nice body kick by OSP. Pace slows. Big body kick by OSP. Headkick by OSP. Cook barley misses an uppercut but lands another right. Pace has really slowed here. Good kick by OSP that apparently landed low and it looks like the main impact was on the leg but it causes a stop anyways. OSP misses a head kick and Cook lands a nice counter right punch. OSP with a driving double and he’s in Cook’s guard now. Side control for OSP now. OSP is digging a north-south choke. OSP works a Von Flue choice for a second but passes to mount. Some big shots by OSP and Cook gives up his back. MMAFrenzy scores the round 10-9 OSP (20-18).

Round 3 – Both look gassed to start the round. Fighters feel each other out and the BOOM. OSP with an absolutely brutal one-punch walkoff KO. Looked like a wild hook that Cook just couldn’t get out of the way of.

Ovince St. Preux def. T.J. Cook via KO (punch) at 0:20 of Round 3

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