Rousey vs Kaufman: How Sarah Kaufman Can Defeat Ronda Rousey

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2012

Saturday night, Strikeforce holds a fight card that will be headlined by a women's title bout between Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman.

For a majority of the MMA world, Ronda Rousey is going to win this fight with a submission and that will be that. Not many people are giving Sarah Kaufman a chance, or the respect, that she certainly has and deserves.

Going into this fight, Sarah Kaufman's game plan is simple. Stay on the outside, pick Rousey apart with her striking, avoid the clinch and stay off the ground.

Kaufman's striking is very good. In fact, it is light-years ahead of where Rousey's striking is. 

If Kaufman can establish distance, stay on the outside and pick apart Rousey with her hands, her chance of winning significantly goes up.

She has to stick and move. Staying too flat or allowing Rousey to rush in on her will be trouble. When in the clinch, Rousey will be able to use her Olympic judo background to get Kaufman on the ground.

Distance is dire in this fight. The more distance Kaufman is able to create with her striking and footwork, the tougher things will be for Ronda.

Of course, Kaufman will want to avoid the ground game at all costs. Every one of Rousey's amateur and professional wins has come by submission by armbar.

Rousey's grappling is second to none in the world of women's MMA. Therefore, if Kaufman wants to win, engaging in a striking battle is the way to win the belt.