We’re now only a day away from Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey. In the main event, Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate takes on the brash, outspoken, former Olympian “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. The rest of the card should be a lot of fun as well, featuring Strikeforce stars like Ronaldo Souza, Scott Smith, Paul Daley and more.
As is customary, here is my official “picks and predictions” post (covering who I think will win and why), now featuring Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey.
Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey: I absolutely believe that Miesha Tate is going to prove a lot of people wrong in this fight. Tate is no pushover, and she’s several major levels above the scant competition Rousey has faced in Strikeforce so far. Plus, we have no idea how the drop down in weight will affect Rousey.
Tate really will take Ronda Rousey into deep waters, and Ronda Rousey really will drown in them. Meisha Tate wins by unanimous decision.
K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson: Noons looked like his old self in his last fight, while Josh Thomson hasn’t competed in over a year. I’ve got no love for Josh Thomson, so I’ll just say that I’m looking forward to seeing Noons pick him apart. Thomson has never been that good of a striker, and Noons showed in his last fight that he’s still got the skills to hang with Strikeforce’s best, especially after the big Strikeforce exodus of 2011.
KJ Noons wins by unanimous decision.
Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki: With no disrespect intended towards Kazuo Misaki...he’s getting his head knocked off. Misaki is a good striker, Daley is an amazing striker. If the rest of Daley’s game was as good as his striking, he’d probably be a champion by now. Misaki will come looking for a war and he’s going to get one, and his chin will simply crumble before Daley’s does.
Paul Daley wins by KO in Round 1.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Bristol Marunde: With a record of 12-6, making his Strikeforce debut, it’s clear that Lumumba Sayers isn’t the only “sacrificial lamb” on this card. Souza is a former champion, an international star, and his standup is constantly improving while his ground game has always been amazing. Marunde is going to get swarmed and submitted, plain and simple.
Ronaldo Souza wins by submission in Round 1.
Scott Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers: Strikeforce’s “Comeback King” hasn’t made an epic comeback in over two years. Smith’s famous ability to absorb major damage only to come back and pull victory from the jaws of defeat has really waned recently. I think that the years of Smith absorbing massive bombs have finally begun to take their toll: his chin has finally started to go.
That said, I think this is a “gimme” fight for him and if he loses it, we’ll have officially seen the end of Scott Smith in Strikeforce. Nevertheless, my official prediction is that Sayers fulfills his role as the sacrificial lamb.
Scott Smith wins by TKO in Round 1, maybe Round 2.
Oliver Saenz, also known as PdW2kX, is a freelance journalist, opinion columnist, hardcore MMA fan and lifelong video game nerd. For more news, views, previews and reviews on all things Mixed Martial Arts as well as video games, be sure to visit FightGamesBlog.net.