Strikeforce ‘Tate vs. Rousey’ Results & Play-by-Play

Mar 3, 2012



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Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun
Round 1
Couture bounces and flicks out a few leg kicks while Heun stalks forward slowly. Heun clinches up along the fence but Couture reverses and drives knees into Heun’s thigh and body. They break off, Heun landing an elbow as they split, and now Couture looks for punching combinations. Couture’s punches and leg kicks are scoring while Heun misses with a pair of head kicks. After a hard straight right from Couture, Heun drives forward and lands a takedown. Couture gets an omoplata, but Heun lifts him up and drops him to break up the hold. Another takedown for Heun lands “The Hurricane” in half-guard. Couture wraps him up and Heun looks for a choke as Couture turns to his side. Couture shrimps and escapes to his feet with 30 seconds to go. A right hand lands for Couture; Heun catches a kick but doesn’t do anything with it. Couture puts a turning kick in Heun’s gut and Heun returns to his corner with a bloodied face.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Couture
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Couture
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Couture

Round 2
Couture puts a couple short rights on Heun, who replies with a turning kick. Heun hits a slow-motion single-leg and Couture scrambles back up to be grazed by a head kick. Ducking an uppercut, Heun floors Couture again. Couture turns to work for a kimura on Heun’s left arm and Heun uses his right to drop hard elbows to Couture’s body from half-guard. Couture abandons the kimura and throws up his legs for an armbar, but Heun stacks him up and extracts his limb. Heun grabs a front headlock as Couture stands back up but quickly lets it go as Couture pushes him into the cage. Takedown lands for Couture and he quickly whips onto Heun’s back. With 90 seconds to go, Couture works for a rear-naked choke, but Heun gets out the back door with a minute left. Heun pulls rubber guard, perhaps looking for an armbar, but they stall out and Couture finishes on top.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Couture
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Couture
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Couture

Round 3
Couture is clearly the fresher fighter as the final frame begins, dipping in and out of range to pop Heun with right hands before clinching up and dumping him to the base of the fence. It’s a reverse of the earlier position now as Heun looks for a kimura and Couture drops elbows. Couture slides into full mount and Heun tries to wall-walk, nearly putting himself into a mounted triangle. Heun is out of mount but still trapped under Couture, who’s driving elbows into Heun’s thigh again. Heun turns over and Couture takes his back, sinking in both hooks and flattening him out. Heun is just laying there, letting Couture bash away with punches, and referee Jerry Krzys has seen enough. Ryan Couture gets the TKO win at 2:52 of round three.

Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy
Round 1
The lightweights get straight into the clinch and it’s Healy looking for the takedown while Fodor defends and punches inside. Healy can’t get it to the floor but keeps Fodor on the fence. Healy gets popped with hard left, then a combination as they break off. Now it’s Fodor pushing Healy and planting the veteran at the foot of the cage. Elbows come from Fodor as he works to pass half-guard, cutting Healy open on the nose. Healy squeaks out the back door and grabs on to Fodor’s leg, scoring a trip takedown as soon as he’s back on his feet. Healy mashes with punches from Fodor’s open guard, then stands to try and pass. Fodor kicks him in the gut from his back and scores with a couple punches, but Healy closes out strong with ground-and-pound.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Fodor
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Fodor
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Fodor

Round 2
Fodor scores with jabs and counters early while Healy tries to stick his hands in Fodor’s face. Healy drops for a double-leg, gives it up and digs an underhook to shove Fodor into the cage. A high single-leg attempt from Healy stalls the action for the second minute of the round; he finally puts Fodor on his rear end with 2:45 to go. Fodor grabs a loose guillotine as Healy works to pass at a glacial pace. Fodor gets back to his feet with two minutes to go and is quickly dragged down again. Boos rain down from the Ohio crowd as Healy tries to pass half-guard with a minute left. He gets to side control on Fodor’s left side and then steps into mount, where he drops a few punches and mashes Fodor into the ground with his chest. Fodor regains half-guard and it ends there.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Healy
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Healy
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Healy

Round 3
Healy gets inside and drives on a single-leg, pushing Fodor to the ground inside the first minute. They’re back to the same position on the cage, and this time Healy wastes no time stepping into mount. Fodor tries to push off the fence but only pushes himself away from it, allowing Healy some room to gift-wrap his arm and land punches. Fodor squirms out of the bad position but Healy slaps on an arm-triangle choke, leaning from Fodor’s right to left in half-guard. Fodor breaks the hold and grabs for a leg, wrenching a heel hook. Healy pulls his leg out and goes for another arm-triangle, and this one’s tight. Fodor is trapped and has no choice but to tap out.

Roger Bowling vs. Brandon Saling
Round 1
Saling catches a leg kick and offers a few punches in return, but Bowling quickly finds his rhythm, landing kicks to the legs and head. Big right hands scoring for Bowling now and he tries to drag Saling down on the fence. Saling defends and it’s a firefight with Saling stinging Bowling now. Bowling backs away, then comes forward and hits a takedown. Saling won’t stay down, though, and he rocks Bowling again as they slug wildly along the outside. Bowling takes him down again and goes for an armbar, but Saling defends well and blasts Bowling again as they stand. Bowling drills Saling with knees to the body, eating some more punches along the way, but eventually taking him down again. The pace finally slows with two minutes left as Bowling waits to improve his position, staying heavy on top. Bowling gets the crucifix, pinning Saling’s right arm, but Saling is defending against any major offense. With a minute to go, Bowling opens up with punches and elbows. Saling bucks desperately but can’t escape, and he’s cut open on the forehead from the hard ground-and-pound. Bowling gives up the crucifix to take full mount with seconds left.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Bowling
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Bowling
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Bowling

Round 2
Bowling clinches up and drags Saling down, moving immediately to side control and looking for the crucifix again. He gets it less than a minute into the frame and now the right hands are coming hard and non-stop. Saling is a bloody mess, just absorbing punch after punch, unable to escape, and referee Mark Matheny is forced to intervene at the 1:15 mark.

Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
Round 1
Davis comes out throwing but Kaufman has her on wobbly legs with hard punches. They clinch on the fence, Kaufman on the outside, and Davis escapes with knees up the middle. More clinch work on the cage with both women throwing knees and jockeying for position. Kaufman exits with a right hand and referee Jerry Krzys calls time to have the doctor check out a huge cut over Davis’ left eye. The action continues and they go back to brawling, Kaufman scoring with more big right hands. Davis lands a couple kicks to the body but she’s just getting brutalized with punches right on the spot of her cut. More clinching and more right hands from Kaufman now, and they break with a minute to go in the round. Davis begins to string together some punches and puts a left high kick on Kaufman’s face. Kaufman is bleeding along her hairline now as they trade punches to the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kaufman
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Kaufman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kaufman

Round 2
Davis tries to grab Kaufman’s head in the Thai plum and Kaufman just blasts her with head-down punches on either side. Davis is bleeding from her nose now, too, as she’s tossed to the ground and hops back up. They tie up and Davis has her back put on the cage, where they trade knees to the body. They break off and Kaufman goes back to sticking punches in Davis’ face before bullying her into the fence again. Kaufman disengages with elbows, takes a hard low kick and snaps Davis’ head back with a jab. Davis scores a couple knees inside but she’s still getting mauled in the punching exchanges as her face gets bloodier and bloodier.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Kaufman
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Kaufman
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Kaufman

Round 3
Davis comes out kicking and Kaufman goes back to jabbing. Kaufman catches a couple kicks but doesn’t do anything with them, and Davis lands some hard knees up the middle. Kaufman lands a cross, a jab and gets tripped to the floor, where Davis lands in side control on the right side. Kaufman covers up to deflect elbows and punches from Davis, but she’s in a bad spot with half the round to go. Davis postures up, latching on to Kaufman’s right arm. Kaufman twists and sweeps to the top, but Davis keeps hold of the limb and rolls back on top. Kaufman turns over and stalls out on her side, absorbing a couple hammerfists from Davis. Now Davis looks to take Kaufman’s back, but Kaufman lays back down and Davis winds up in half-guard. Kaufman tries to push off the cage, can’t get out and shrimps up in deep half-guard while Davis punches away. Elbows to the body have Kaufman trying to escape again in the last seconds, but she finishes the fight on her back.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Davis (29-28 Kaufman)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Davis (29-28 Kaufman)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Davis (29-28 Kaufman)

Official result: Judge Cardo Urso scores the bout a 29-29 draw, while judges Otto Torriero and Daryl Wise see it 29-28 for the winner by majority decision, Sarah Kaufman.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Bristol Marunde
Round 1
Souza lunges first with punches and zaps Marunde with a long right hand. The former champ is just stalking Marunde along the outside and sliding backward when Marunde tries to snap off single punches. Souza gets the clinch and drags Marunde to the ground, securing his back in the process. He’s riding high on Marunde’s back with both hooks in as Marunde turns his right side to the fence. Jacare head-butts Marunde’s shoulder and gets a verbal warning from ref Keith Peterson. The Brazilian is sitting up, just picking his shots, but Peterson stands them up after some punches stray to the back of Marunde’s head. They resume and Souza knocks down Marunde instantly with a right, grabbing a guillotine and wrenching it from half-guard. Marunde regains his guard and escapes to his feet, but Souza whips him right down and takes his back again. Marunde scrambles up and moves to the fence, putting Souza’s back to the cage for the last few seconds.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Souza
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Souza
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Souza

Round 2
Souza dazes Marunde with more punches before wheeling around and driving a spinning back-kick into his face. The BJJ wiz has a body lock and hops on Marunde’s back again, riding him to the floor, but Marunde is quickly back on his feet. Marunde ducks a punch to tie up, but Souza drills him with a knee to the face. Overhand right, push kick and a body punch from Souza lead to another brief clinch. Souza double-pumps a jab and takes an outside leg kick. Souza goes to the body again and lands a couple hard overhand rights, but he stays in the pocket and takes some punches in return. Jacare plows Marunde down with a couple seconds left and drops back for a heel hook just before the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Souza
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Souza
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Souza

Round 3
Jacare gets an early single-leg and goes to work from Marunde’s half-guard with punches, forearms and elbows. Marunde squirms, his right side flush to the cage, unable to get out from under the Brazilian. He nearly has his back taken but scrambles to his feet, only to be taken down again. Souza secures his back this time, then flips him over and locks up a tight arm-triangle choke. Marunde offers little resistance this time and taps out at 2:43 of the third round.

Scott Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers
Round 1
Sayers ducks inside and slams Smith to the ground at the base of the fence. Smith gets to his knees and has his back taken, both hooks sunk in, and eats a few punches under his armpit. Sayers gives up the position and thumps Smith some more on the feet. He picks “Hands of Steel” up again and takes him for a ride before slamming him down hard on his back. Smith has a loose guillotine but can’t get anything on it with Sayers in side control. Smith lets go and turns to his belly, where Sayers grabs a guillotine of his own. He sits back and Smith taps to the choke immediately.

Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki
Round 1
The action is tentative in the early going with Daley landing the better punches down the pipe, but missing with just as many. Misaki tags the Englishman with a left, catches a kick and drives Daley to the ground along the outside. He tries to control Daley’s legs, but “Semtex” works his way back up. Daley is again getting the better of the standup, until Misaki scores with a combo with 80 seconds to go. Daley covers up, his back to the fence, and Misaki swarms him with a big combo to the head and body. Daley gets a takedown with 40 seconds to go and Misaki closes up his guard. Misaki pulls rubber guard but Daley explodes with 10 seconds left and drops heavy punches before the horn.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Misaki
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Misaki
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Misaki

Round 2
Misaki stings Daley with another left hook in an exchange and they clinch on the fence. Daley can’t finish the takedown and Misaki circles out, blocking a body kick along the way. Another combo lands for Misaki as he shifts out of the way of Daley’s punches. He backs Daley into the cage and sticks a few jabs in his face. Single-leg goes for Daley in the center of the cage and Misaki closes up guard again, simultaneously wrapping up Daley’s wrists to neutralize any offense. Daley thumps a couple right hands to Misaki’s body but there’s not a lot happening on the ground. Daley stacks up and passes to side control, then takes Misaki’s back as the Japanese vet tries to scramble to his feet. Misaki easily twists around and takes top position, but they stall out and get stood up just before the end of the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Daley
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Misaki
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Daley

Round 3
Daley backs off Misaki with a left hook and brings him to the ground soon after. Misaki is gushing blood from a cut on the left side of his head and referee Jerry Krzys wants to have it checked out. It’s a deep gash, but Misaki’s cleared to continue and immediately starts walking Daley down when they resume. Daley cracks him again, though, and lands some solid knees in the clinch. Misaki is just swinging for the fences but not coming close to Daley now. He leaps with a knee and gets blocked. Misaki puts a nice combo on Daley’s body as he chases the former title contender around the cage, blood coating his chest and back. Daley lands a leg kick and takes a straight right in the mush. Takedown lands for Daley but Misaki hops back up and presses Daley into the cage post. They break with 30 seconds left and Misaki blitzes with another combo. Daley tries a takedown with a body lock, can’t get it. The bloody mess Misaki finishes with a blocked high kick.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Misaki (29-28 Misaki)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Daley (29-28 Misaki)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Misaki (29-28 Misaki)

Official result: Daryl Wise scores the bout 30-27 for Misaki, while Justin Floor has it 29-28 for Daley. The third and deciding judge, Otto Torriero, scores the fight 29-28 for the winner by split decision, Kazuo Misaki.

Josh Thomson vs. K.J. Noons
Round 1
Thomson catches Noons with a front kick and some kicks on the inside. Noons responds with a jab, misses with a step-in knee. No-go for Thomson on a shot, and the next one misses as well. Thomson keeps kicking to the body and legs while Noons moves forward with jabs. Thomson latches on to a single-leg and trips Noons to the ground at the base of the fence. Noons gets up and gets taken back down right away. Thomson drops some short elbows to Noons’ body as he holds him down to the end of the round.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Thomson
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Thomson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Thomson

Round 2
Thomson slips on a kick and Noons tries to take advantage, but the wrestler powers back up and drags Noons to the floor. Noons’ efforts to use the fence to work back up fail. Thomson is holding his man down but not doing anything offensively. With 2:45 to go, Thomson puts Noons’ back on the mat and tries to get more active with some elbows. It’s not enough for ref Keith Peterson, who stands them up with two minutes on the clock. Noons is cut on the outside of his left eye as he pushes forward, slinging uppercuts and wide hooks. Thomson gets another takedown inside the last minute and again just holds Noons on the fence. Noons is active with his back to the cage, putting exasperated punches on Thomson’s ribs.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Thomson
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Thomson
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-9 Thomson

Round 3
They’re on the feet for all of 30 seconds before Thomson brings the fight to the floor again. This time, he slaps on an arm-triangle and cranks it from half-guard on Noons’ right side. It’s very deep and Noons is turning all sorts of red, but he defends and turns halfway over to loosen the choke. Thomson won’t let go of the choke, trying to get Noons on his back again, but Noons is out of danger now. Thomson swats away with sporadic hammerfists from Noons’ half-guard as the fight enters its final 90 seconds. Noons is bloodied and exhausted, and doesn’t seem to have any way to get out from beneath Thomson. “The Punk” triangles Noons’ legs in the last 30 seconds and tries to unload some ground-and-pound. He finishes standing with some hard knees to Noons’ ribs.

Jordan Breen scores the round 10-9 Thomson (30-27 Thomson)
Freddie DeFreitas scores the round 10-9 Thomson (30-27 Thomson)
Chris Nelson scores the round 10-8 Thomson (30-26 Thomson)

Official result: It’s a unanimous decision with scores of 29-28 across the board for the winner, Josh Thomson.

Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey
Round 1
Tate comes forward swinging wild punches, gets wrapped up and tripped to the ground in the middle of the cage. Rousey stands and looks to pass, move to side control on Tate’s left. She sits up and grabs an armbar, then leans back to extend. Tate’s arm bends at a gruesome angle, but she turns into the hold and escapes after absorbing some hammerfists. Tate takes Rousey’s back in the scramble but can’t secure it. They stand up, Tate still holding on to Rousey’s back, and gets slammed down. Rousey guts out a rear-naked choke attempt, stands and sneaks out the back door. Now Rousey stands and Tate drives forward, looking for a takedown. Instead, Rousey sweeps Tate to the floor, but they don’t stay there long. Back on the feet, Tate scores with a left hand and Rousey instantly clinches up. She tosses the champ to the ground and lands in side control again on Tate’s right. Rousey steps into full mount and Tate goes belly-down. Referee Mark Matheny is hovering nearby as Rousey goes wild with ground-and-pound. Rousey switches to the armbar, extending Tate’s left arm all the way. There’s no escape for Tate this time; she taps, but only after having her arm broken or dislocated. At 4:27 of the opening round, Ronda Rousey is your new Strikeforce women’s 135-pound champion.

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