Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey took place Saturday night at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. In the Showtime main event, US Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey forced former champion Miesha Tate via an armbar finish in the first round.
Elsewhere on the main card, Josh Thomson, Kazuo Misaki, Lumumba Sayers, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza all picked up victories.
On the Showtime Extreme preliminary card, Sarah Kaufman secured a number one contender spot with a win. While Pat Healy, Roger Bowling, and Ryan Couture proved victorious in their respective bouts.
MAIN CARD (Showtime 10PM ET)
- Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) at 4:27 of Round 1
Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship
- Josh Thomson def. KJ Noons via unanimous decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
- Kazuo Misaki def. Paul Daley via split decision (30-27,28-29,29-28)
- Lumumba Sayers def. Scott Smith via submission (guillotine) at 1:34 of Round 1
- Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Bristol Marunde via submission (arm triangle) at 2:43 of Round 3
PRELIMINARY CARD (Showtime Extreme 8PM ET)
- Sarah Kaufman def. Alexis Davis via majority decision (29-29,29-28,29-28)
- Roger Bowling def. Brandon Saling via TKO (strikes) at 1:15 of Round 2
- Pat Healy def. Caros Fodor via submission (arm triangle) at 3:35 of Round 3
- Ryan Couture def. Conor Heun via TKO (strikes) at 2:52 of Round 3
Miesha Tate (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
Round 1 – No touch of gloves and Tate comes out swinging but Rousey immediately grabs the clinch and launches Tate. Rousey gets side control and immediately grabs a deep armbar, Tate’s arm looked bad but she somehow escapes and then gets Rousey’s back. Rousey fights out briefly but Tate gets her back down. Tate goes for choke but misses and Rousey comes out the backdoor. Rousey let’s Tate up and Rousey gets the over/under clinch and gets a throw but can’t control it. Tate hurts Rousey with a left but gets tossed with a head and arm throw. Rousey is working in side control and she get’s full mount. Heavy ground and Poound and Tate gives up her back. More ground and pound and Rousey goes for another armbar and Tate fights as long as she can until her arm breaks. Incredible fight.
Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate via submission (armbar) at 4:27 of Round 1
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