Miesha Tate Vs Ronda Rousey
March 4, 2012 by staff
Miesha Tate Vs Ronda Rousey, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is the new Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion after securing another first round victory via armbar on Saturday night.
Ronda Rousey is a force of nature.
The Olympic bronze medalist backed up all her talk Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, winning the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title from Miesha Tate with a gnarly armbar late in the first round.
While Tate survived the first submission attempt from Rousey, and showed that the inexperienced judoka still has work to do, Rousey’s athleticism, strength, and competitiveness are unmatched at this point. A beautiful hip toss put Tate on her back on the ground, and after transitioning to mount and landing some strikes, Rousey snatched up her arm for a second time, and torqued until Tate’s left arm was all messed up, at which point Tate finally tapped.
Rousey is a phenomenal talent, and she’s only going to get better.
Japanese veteran Kazuo Misaki got the better of the stand-up action to score a split decision win over British striker Paul Daley on Saturday night. Though Daley was able to split Misaki open early in the third, “Semtex” wasn’t able to do enough to secure the victory, and Misaki should now move forward to challenge for the vacant welterweight title.
Tyron Woodley stands at the top of the division, and newcomer Nate Marquardt will likely be considered as well, though the former UFC middleweight contender hasn’t fought at 170-pounds before and has been out since beating Dan Miller last March. If I’m the matchmaker, I pair Misaki with Woodley for the vacant strap, give Marquardt a solid tune-up opportunity – say, Tarec Saffiedine – with the winner becoming the #1 contender.
Lumumba Sayers may have suplexed and submitted Scott Smith into retirement. At the very least, he’s bounced “Hands of Steel” from Strikeforce, that’s for sure.
The middleweight prospect handed the veteran his fourth consecutive loss, hitting a Northern Lights suplex early in the first before connecting his hands on a guillotine choke to finish the contest in just 94-seconds. Smith, a durable veteran for a number of years, clearly no longer has what it takes to compete in Strikeforce, and probably will hang up his four-ounce gloves for good.
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