“Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman” kicked off tonight on Showtime Extreme with a fantastic preliminary card. The feature bout between former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate and Julie Kedzie did not disappoint, as the two put on one of the best fights of the year. In other action, Adlan Amagov earned a controversial victory, while Germaine De Randamie and Bobby Green were extremely impressive in victory.
Tate Takes a Beating, Still Pulls off the Win
Miesha Tate struggled mightily tonight against Julie Kedzie but still pulled off the victory in the end. In her first fight back from her devastating loss to bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey, Tate was dropped multiple times by Kedzie’s superior striking. While Kedzie won the striking battles, Tate’s improving BJJ was very impressive and was problematic for the Team Jackson-Winklejohn product.
Unfortunately for Kedzie, she was the victim of her own success in the third round. Kedzie crushed Tate with a nasty headkick that dropped the former champion. When Kedzie swarmed with huge shots, Tate gamely recovered and went on an offensive of her own by attacking with more submissions. Tate eventually hooked an armbar and while Kedzie valiantly defended, the tenacious former champion would not be denied and finished the armbar.
Amagov Earns Controversial Victory Over Berry
Chechen fighter Adlan Amagov came into his fight with Keith Berry looking to finish in impressive fashion. Unfortunately, the bout ended controversially after Amagov landed a hard kick just below the knee (that was technically legal but very close) that staggered Berry. Amagov pounced with hard shots and then Berry misunderstood referee Herb Dean’s instruction and started trying to tell Dean he was OK. Dean mistook the talking for a verbal submission and ended the fight. In Dean’s defense, fighters are instructed to not say anything in the cage pre-fight to prevent this exact scenario.
De Randamie Edges Yamanaka
Former muay thai champion Germaine De Randamie showed marked improvement in the cage tonight against Hiroko Yamanaka. De Randamie utilized great takedown defense against the taller fighter and then attacked with strong punches throughout the fight. While Yamanaka kept attacking, the Dutch fighter made her pay for every advance. In the end, De Randamie took a strong decision victory over the former featherweight champion.
Green Shuts Out Ricehouse
Bobby Green was bigger, faster, and stronger against opponent Matt Ricehouse in tonight’s opener. Green dominated for three rounds by mixing in solid striking with his takedowns. “King” nearly finished the fight in the first, but Ricehouse showed heart and managed to recover. Green put it on cruise control in the second, picking apart Ricehouse with more powerful and accurate strikes. In the third, Green began to showboat a bit but after being tagged by Ricehouse, he turned it on again and closed out the fight strong.
Preliminary Card (Showtime Extreme)
- Miesha Tate def. Julie Kedzie via submission (armbar) at 3:48 of Round 3
- Adlan Amagov def. Keith Berry via TKO (strikes) at 0:48 of Round 1
- Germaine de Randamie def. Hiroko Yamanaka via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Bobby Green def. Matt Ricehouse via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)