Womens MMA: Gina Carano Watch Out: Sarah Kaufman Is a Perfect 10
If that picture does not say perfect 10, send me a better one! The girl on the right is Sarah Kaufman, who achieved perfect 10-0 MMA record last friday in the Strikeforce Challengers event. She put on a brutal 15-minute beat-down on the challenger, who is left on the picture, Shayna Baszler.
To the credit of "The Queen of Spades," she looked much-improved since her loss to Christiane "Cyborg" Santos. The submission hold she put on Kaufman in Round One was nothing like I had ever seen: This hold, which was taught to her by ex-UFC Heavyweight Champion and Fedor Emelianenko's next opponent, Josh Barnett, would have choked out any lesser opponent. Kaufman powered out of it, despite of turning purple in the face during this process. You can check out the fight video here. That chokehold was definitely a highlight in otherwise lack-luster Strikeforce event.
Other than the women's fight, Strikeforce Challengers was complete garbage compared to any UFC event. The only other notable fight was Luke Rockhold's impressive knock-down and choke-out over the Cory Devela. Even though "The Marine," Tim Kennedy, was impressive as always, it was the referee who took away the glory by letting Tim pound the back of the head of Nick Thompson. That was not a happy fight for "The Goat," as Strikeforce FORCED him to step up a weight class. That would never happen in UFC, where fighters usually step down to fight lesser competition. Each weight class is stacked in UFC, but Strikeforce seems to have a real trouble finding equally-matched opponents in the same weight class.
Finally, there were Jorge Gurgel and Joey Villasenor. Even though "Smokin' Joe" deserved a win over Chris Cyborg's husband, Evangelista Santos, we all expected a highlight reel knockout from him.
Dana's word about Jorge: "Good riddance! Don't expect to see any BJJ from that guy any time soon." Opposite to Gurgel is Lyle Beerbohm, as Mr. "Fancy Pants" uses his stregths to his advantage - see feature story in mmajunkie.com
So here you go, another example why UFC is the best, but keep an eye on Strikeforce women. Sarah Kaufman is sure to challenge the winner of Gina Carano vs. Christiane Santos.
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