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Sherdog Pick’Em Trends: Strikeforce Prelims
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Sarah Kaufman stands but one win away from a crack at the title she once held. Popular opinion is on her side.
An overwhelming 97 percent of users with the Sherdog MMA Pick’Em fantasy game expect Kaufman to defeat Alexis Davis as part of the Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” prelims on Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The winner of their three-round encounter figures to emerge as the top contender for the women’s bantamweight championship.
Kaufman (14-1, 5-1 SF) will carry a two-fight winning streak into the bout. The 26-year-old Canadian last appeared at Strikeforce Challengers 17 in July, when she captured a unanimous decision from Liz Carmouche at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Kaufman has delivered 10 of her 14 professional victories by knockout or technical knockout, including her triumph over Davis five years ago. She won the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight crown in February 2010, only to relinquish it in a submission loss to Marloes Coenen eight months later.
A champion inside the Raging Wolf promotion, Davis (11-4, 2-0 SF) has rattled off three consecutive wins. The 27-year-old Canadian last fought at Strikeforce “Barnett vs. Kharitonov” in September, when she stopped Amanda Nunes on second-round punches at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Anchored at Dayboll Jiu-Jitsu, Davis has delivered nearly half (five) of her 11 career victories by submission.
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Weekend Rundown: Ex-Strikeforce Champion Kaufman Triumphant
By: Brian Knapp
Former Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Sarah Kaufman stopped Megumi Yabushita on third-round punches in the Armageddon Fighting Championships 5 “Judgment Day” main event on Saturday at the Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The end came 3:34 into round three.
A Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts representative, Kaufman bounced back well from her first career defeat -- an armbar submission loss to Marloes Coenen that cost her the Strikeforce title in October. Yabushita, a Smackgirl veteran, has dropped back-to-back bouts and three of here last four.
Meanwhile, King of the Cage alum Nick Hinchliffe posted his third win in four outings in the co-main event, as he earned a majority decision over Ryan Machan. The 31-year-old’s last three fights have reached the judges. Mahan, who has competed regularly under the Maximum Fighting Championship banner, will carry a two-fight losing streak into his next appearance.
Other winners at AFC 5 included Andrew Buckland (guillotine choke submission over David Perron), unbeaten Island MMA product Derek Medler (rear-naked choke submission against Jarod Milko) and surging featherweight Nick Driedger (unanimous decision over Brendan Frost). Driedger has rattled off four consecutive victories. Read more
The Turning Point: Coenen vs. Kaufman
By: Chris Nelson
Marloes Coenen (red trunks) vs. Sarah Kaufman: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
In the waning moments of the second round of their Strikeforce title bout, champion Sarah Kaufman waded in behind a straight right hand and tied up with Marloes Coenen, looking to bully her challenger against the cage. The tactic had proven successful, if not exactly fruitful, for the smaller Kaufman thus far in the bout. This time, however, Coenen had other ideas.
As Kaufman secured double underhooks, Coenen pivoted her hips and used a harai goshi to send the champion tumbling to the canvas for the first time in the match. Coenen’s right leg stuck beneath her on the sweep, allowing Kaufman to reverse into the Dutchwoman’s guard, but the damage was done: Coenen now knew how to get this fight where she wanted it.
Glancing at her corner with 10 seconds left in the frame, Coenen thrust her hips upward, angling for an armbar. Kaufman rose to her feet and escaped danger, but left her appendages dangling, allowing Coenen a second, more successful attempt. Though Kaufman broke loose of the hold just before the bell, the sequence would prove a portent of things to come.
Between rounds, trainer Martijn de Jong told his fighter what he wanted to see. Read more
Audio: Strikeforce Conference Call
Strikeforce held a conference call for the media on Friday to promote its Oct. 9 San Jose, Calif., event.
Josh Thomson, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante, Sarah Kaufman, Marloes Coenen and CEO Scott Coker participated in the call. Audio from the teleconference is available in the player below.
Kaufman to Defend Strikeforce Belt, Diaz to Fight Oct. 9
By: Brian Knapp
Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Sarah Kaufman will defend her crown against Dutch submission specialist Marloes Coenen on Oct. 9 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., the promotion announced on Saturday.Read more
Perfect in 12 professional appearances, Kaufman last appeared in July, when she knocked out Roxanne Modafferi with a third-round slam at Strikeforce Challengers 9. The 24-year-old Canadian has delivered nine of her 12 career victories by knockout or technical knockout and owns notable victories against current Raging Wolf women’s champion Alexis Davis, EliteXC veteran Shayna Baszler and 2010 Strikeforce women’s welterweight tournament winner Miesha Tate. Kaufman trains out of the Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts camp in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Poll: Kaufman's Biggest Threat?
Sarah Kaufman (right) vs. Roxanne Modafferi: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
Kaufman Sizzles and Strikes
Strikeforce Challengers & MFC 24 Chat
Jordan Breen and Mike Fridley fought off their NFL Combine 2010 itch by leisurely discussing Friday's MFC 24 and Strikeforce Challengers 6 in real time.
Killing Me Softly
By: Loretta Hunt
God bless five-minute rounds.Read more
What a pleasure it was to watch Shayna Baszler and Sarah Kaufman both enjoy the upper hand for a time in their 15-minute tryst.
Those extra six minutes allowed an intriguing story to unfold between the pin-point accurate striker and inventive grappler –- one that would likely have been stilted by the previously abbreviated rounds. The bout also silenced any doubts that women aren’t capable of performing in the same time frame allotted the men (though to anyone that has seen the women ply their trade in the last two years, it was never really a question.)
Baszler stole the first round away from Kaufman by taking the Canadian’s feet out from under her and implementing a unique knee-to-head choke.
But the 23-year-old boxer found her groove in the second frame, baiting Baszler into her world with crisp combinations off a potent low kick.
Kaufman Counting the Minutes
By: Loretta Hunt
Sarah Kaufman (9-0) is looking forward to her six extra minutes.Read more
The 23-year-old Canadian striker faces Shayna Baszler (9-5) for Strikeforce this Friday at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., knowing she won’t get jipped on time.
Strikeforce announced Tuesday that both the Washington and California athletic commissions had greenlit Kaufman’s and another upcoming women’s bout to be contested with five-minute rounds.
California had instituted three-minute round protocol in 2006 for all fighters with five fights or less on their ledger. However, the abbreviated round seemed to stick with the women despite their growing records, and the practice even spread to other states.