The women once again took center stage in Strikeforce as “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (6-0) continued her rapid ascent to MMA super-stardom with yet another first-round Armbar submission. This time the victim was former champion Sarah Kaufman (15-2) and the bout took just 54 seconds. Also continuing on the path to greatness was blue chip journeyman Ovince St. Preux (12-5). “OSP” opened the main card in spectacular fashion with a third-round highlight reel KO of TJ Cook (12-5). Grappling specialist Lumumba Sayers (6-3) had the script flipped on him as “Lionheart” Anthony Smith (17-8) lured him into his guard for a first-round Triangle Choke win. “The Sponge” Tarec Saffiedine (13-3) managed to out-work Roger Bowling (11-3) en route to a Unanimous Decision in the anchor bout and the co-main event saw “Jacare” Ronaldo Souza (16-3) put hot prospect Derek Brunson (9-2) away in spectacular fashion with a solid right hand. It was a solid showing for the junior organization of the Zuffa family and made another strong impression for the ladies with Dana White. MMA Gospel is here to recap the action.
—MAIN CARD (on Showtime)—
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman: Rousey via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 0:54
Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson: Souza via KO (Punches), Round 1, 0:41
Roger Bowling vs. Tarec Saffiedine: Saffiedine via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Lumumba Sayers vs. Anthony Smith: Smith via Submission (Triangle Choke), Round 1, 3:52
TJ Cook vs. Ovince St. Preux: St. Preux via KO (Punch), Round 3, 0:20
The women return to Zuffa action Saturday as Strikeforce pits reigning undefeated Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (5-0) against former champion Sarah Kaufman (15-1) in her first title defense. Supporting the championship affair is a card filled with some of the smaller Zuffa promotion’s best including a co-main event between former middleweight king “Jacare” Ronaldo Souza (15-3) and Derek Brunson (9-1). Anchoring the Showtime main card is dangerous submission fighter “Sponge” Tarec Saffiedine (12-3) against knockout artist “Relentless” Roger Bowling (11-2). Lumumba Sayers (6-2) will find himself face to face with “Lionheart” Anthony Smith (16-8) in the second fight of the night and it will all kick off with a battle between red hot Tennessee journeyman “OSP” Ovince St.Preux (11-5) as he battles TJ Cook (12-4).
Antwain Britt vs. Lumumba Sayers: Sayers via KO (Punch), Round 1, 0:28
Ronda Rousey vs. Julia Budd: Rousey via Submission (Armbar), Round 1, 0:39
Adlan Amagov vs. Anthony Smith: Amagov via TKO (Strikes), Round 1, 2:32
TJ Cook vs. Trevor Smith: Smith via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1, 4:28
Derek Brunson vs. Nate James: Brunson via Unanimous Decision, Round 3, 5:00
The UFC’s newest little brother, Strikeforce, returns to Showtime on November 18 as Strikeforce Challengers’ twentieth installment pits hard hitting TUF veteran Antwain Britt (12-5) against young blood submission fighter Lumumba Sayers (3-2). Also stepping into the cage is the WMMA community’s newest sweetheart, ultra-talented Judo Olympian “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (3-0) as she looks to add another limb to her collection against Canadian Muay Thai champion “The Jewel” Julia Budd (3-1). Russian Unifight Champion Adlan Amagov (8-1-1) will make his second stateside appearance against tested journeyman “Lionheart” Anthony Smith (14-6) and the night will open with a pair of fights featuring four men who have yet to lose in the Strikeforce cage: TJ Cook (11-3), Trevor Smith (5-0), Derek Brunson (8-0), and Nate James (10-6-1). It’s always a good night when the journeyman look to earn their masters card and step into the big show, so Challengers 20 should deliver no less.
Bobby Voelker vs. Roger Bowling: Voelker via KO (Knee and Punches), Round 2, 2:16
Shawn Jordan vs. Devin Cole: Cole via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00
Ovince St. Preux vs. Joe Cason: St. Preux via Submission (Strikes), Round 1,1:12
Sarah Kaufman vs. Liz Carmouche: Kaufman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
Adlan Amagov vs. Ron Stallings: Amagov via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), Round 3, 5:00