Rousey vs. Kaufman: What We Learned from Ronda Rousey Defeat of Sarah Kaufman
In Strikeforce's latest showcase, Ronda Rousey once again showed why she is one of the most dominant mixed martial artists in the world today. And note that I didn't say woman mixed martial artist.
Rousey once again recorded a first-round submission victory, this time over Sarah Kaufmann at 54 seconds of the first round via armbar.
What We'll Remember About This Fight:
The entire fight due to the fact it didn't even last a minute. Rousey came out swinging, immediately clinched Kaufman up against the cage, took it to the ground and locked in her armbar. Simple enough, or so Rousey makes it appear.
What We Learned About Ronda Rousey:
You can be a one-trick pony if that one trick is unstoppable. There will be plenty of people who say, "Well, she only has the armbar." But if no one can stop it, I'm pretty sure that it is okay if it keeps the belt around her waist.
What We Learned About Sarah Kaufman:
She may be a top-level fighter at 135, but she's not quite at the level of Ronda Rousey. Don't worry though, no one seems to be right now.
What's Next for Ronda Rousey:
Please, Strikeforce—or hey, how about Dana White and the UFC—give us the Silva/St-Pierre "superfight" equivalent in the women's division in Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg.
Cyborg is the Strikeforce 145 women's champion and it wasn't too long ago that she was the unstoppable fighter in the women's division the whole world was talking about. If you need a fight to get the casual fight fan hooked on WMMA, look no further than Rousey-Cyborg.
What's Next for Sarah Kaufman:
Kaufman has shown her skill level by defeating the majority of top women fighters in her division, so it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and make another really exciting WMMA fight possibly between Kaufman and Marloes Coenen if Strikeforce or Invicta can get the weight right.
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