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Rousey vs. Kaufman: Most Exciting Moments from Saturday Night

Matt JuulContributor IIISeptember 23, 2016

Rousey vs. Kaufman: Most Exciting Moments from Saturday Night

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    Saturday's Strikeforce event was filled with memorable moments that made it one of the top cards of the summer.

    In the main event, Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey pulled off the impossible once again, successfully defending her title in the only way she knows how against Sarah Kaufman.

    But the new face of women's MMA wasn't the only highlight of the night, as both the main and preliminary cards provided a ton of exciting action.

    Here are the top five moments from Saturday night.

5. Jacare Shows He's More Than a Submission Artist

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    Former middleweight champ Ronaldo Souza proved to fans that he's more than just a submission ace on Saturday night.

    Jacare earned his first career knockout with his 41-second demolition of Derek Brunson—one of the most brutal finishes of the night.

    The big win not only extended Jacare's winning streak to two straight, but it also may have earned him a shot at the reigning champ Luke Rockhold.

4. OSP's One-Punch KO

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    The only finish to pack a bigger punch than Jacare's knockout blow, Ovince St. Preux got back into the win column in a big way with his victory over T.J. Cook.

    OSP dominated Cook for most the fight and emphatically finished his foe just 20 seconds into the third round with a single, straight left.

    The blow instantly put Cook to sleep in one of the most shocking finishes on the night.

3. Mike Beltran's Facial Hair

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    Possibly the only thing more shocking than any of the finishes on Saturday night was the facial hair sported by referee Mike Beltran.

    Does anyone else think that, with a little bit of gel and some shades, Beltran could pass for the Sonic the Hedgehog villain Dr. Eggman?

    Or at least a dwarf from the upcoming Peter Jackson film, The Hobbit...

2. Tate and Kedzie Put on Show

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    If Strikeforce gave away fight-night bonuses, Meisha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie would have been well-deserving of Fight of the Night.

    Kedzie came out and surprised fans by bringing the fight to Tate, owning the stand-up exchanges the entire fight.

    However, the newly-named "Cupcake" Tate wouldn't go down quietly into the night. She brought the fight to the mats, where she had a huge advantage.

    In the end, Kedzie just couldn't contend with Tate on the ground and was caught with an armbar in the third round.

    This bout was filled with action and ended in surprising fashion, culminating in one of the most exciting fights of the year.

1. Rousey Does It Again

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    Six fights, six first-round armbars.

    All the hype and pressure leading into this bout did little to put Rousey off her game. She was once again able to secure the first-round submission, this time over former champ Sarah Kaufman.

    Did we really think this fight would end any other way?

     

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