Strikeforce Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Rousey vs. Tate
We had a second straight night of MMA action tonight, following UFC on FX 2, as Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey went down in Columbus, Ohio.
The card featured several former champs looking to make their way back into title contention. The main event featured Miesha "Takedown" Tate taking on "Rowdy" Ronda Rousey in the most highly-anticipated women's fight in MMA history.
In a great back-and-forth one-round fight, Rousey defeated Tate with an vicious armbar—her fifth first-round armbar victory in as many career fights.
Let's take a look at this evenings the real winners and losers.
Winner: Kazuo Misaki
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In the third fight on the main card, Kazuo Misaki made his welterweight debut and faced off against Paul "Semtex" Daley.
This fight surprised many, as it saw Paul Daley shoot for several takedowns throughout, though Misaki was able to get back up quickly on a few.
The more shocking part of the fight was the fact that Misaki dominated the standup against the highly-touted striker.
With the win, Misaki has put himself in position to be considered for a shot at the vacant welterweight title.
Loser: Paul Daley
With the loss on Saturday, Daley drops to 2-3 in his last five, first getting TKO'd by Nick Diaz, then getting outwrestled by Tyron Woodley.
He rebounded with two straight wins over Jordan Radev and Luigi Fioravanti, but then he was outstruck by Kazuo Misaki.
Up next for Daley will likely be a fight in BAMMA or another organization in England, and he'll look to rebound.
Winner: Ronaldo Souza
Ronaldo Souza was able to get back on the winning track, as he submitted Bristol Marunde with an arm triangle in the third round of their fight.
Souza is now 5-1 in his last six and will likely get a shot at reclaiming his title if he earns one more victory.
Up next for Souza could likely be a meeting with the man he was supposed to fight tonight, Derek Brunson.
If not Brunson, perhaps a fight with Keith Jardine will be next.
Winner: Sarah Kaufman
Sarah Kaufman earned the victory over Alexis Davis via majority decision on Saturday, and earned herself a shot at Ronda Rousey.
Some may consider Kaufman a loser for the fact that she has to fight Rousey, but she did earn a win on Saturday and will get a shot at the title.
Even if it is against Rousey, it can't all be bad.
Loser: KJ Noons
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KJ Noons dropped a decision to Josh Thomson on Saturday, and didn't look impressive in the process.
Noons has now lost three of his last four. The lone win was a decision over Billy Evangelista back in December.
Noons will likely be kept around by Strikeforce and paired up with a lower-level lightweight in hopes of getting him back on track.
Loser: Josh Thomson
Josh Thomson won the fight, but sometimes a win isn't always enough to make you a winner.
Thomson earned the unanimous decision victory—29-28 on all judges' scorecards—but it was basically just Thomson holding Noons down and not doing much with the position.
Even after the fight, Thomson described his performance as "sh*t" and said derivatives of that word describing his performance multiple times throughout the brief interview.
However, he has earned himself a shot at Gilbert Melendez and the lightweight title.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Obviously, Ronda Rousey was the evening's biggest winner.
Rousey was able to back up all the trash talk and everything that she said about Tate, as she scored the armbar victory at 4:27 of Round 1.
With the win, Rousey became the new Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion and earned herself a date with Sarah Kaufman, as she'll look to defend her title.
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The last card put on by Strikeforce wasn't received well by many fans.
There wasn't much hype around the card; there weren't that many fights that fans were interested in seeing.
However, this card was a whole different story, as everybody and their grandmother wanted to see if Rousey could back up her trash talk, or if Tate would shut Rousey's "big mouth."
In addition to this being a successful card, they announced that the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix would take place on May 19. That's likely to be another card fans watch with vested interest.
Loser: Miesha Tate
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It wasn't a good night for Miesha Tate.
Tate had Rousey's back at one point and was threatening with a submission, but Ronda was able to work her way out.
Tate had so much invested in this fight. She truly wanted to beat down Rousey. Unfortunately, it was not to be.
Even when Rousey had the armbar locked up, Tate refused to tap out and may have had her arm broken because of it.
Winner: Women's MMA
We have a new face of WMMA—that of Ronda Rousey.
Rousey is attractive, outspoken and can draw in new fans to the sport that would not have watched it otherwise.
Many fans find similarities between Ronda Rousey and Chael Sonnen, as both are top level fighters who can trash talk very well and drum up interest in a fight.
Not only can Rousey drum up interest in a fight, but she's going to drum up interest in an entire division.