I'm still in shock over the ending of the main event of tonight's Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey card. I always favored Rousey to take the fight and a lot of us joked about her ripping Tate's arm off, but I don't know that I legitimately believed that it would end so violently.
Ronda is an incredible fighter and she showed that she can deal with a fight that takes place in different areas in rapid succession. Tate came out hard and was landing some punches, Rousey got on top, worked for the finish, ended up on her back, got out of several bad spots including having her back taken, and still found a way to get on top and ruin Rousey's arm.
- Some people seem to be upset that Rousey didn't squash the beef between the two after the fight and instead said that she "didn't feel bad" about breaking (or dislocating) Tate's arm. I'm not sure why two people who have a grudge should suddenly bury it because one of them won the fight. Rousey backed up her talk and it was Miesha who chose not to tap when she was clearly beat. Why should Ronda feel bad about it?
- Rousey is a star. I'm curious how many people tuned in for the fight tonight, but no one who watched is going to avoid the next Rousey fight...unless they're squeamish.
- I'm glad Josh Thomson admitted his performance was lame (in, slightly more "mature" language) following his win over KJ Noons. In looking for a good fight for Gilbert Melendez, the last thing that Strikeforce could have wanted to see was Thomson spend the majority of the fight literally only holding Noons down. He deserved the win, but it was a bad, boring fight.
- Kazuo Misaki outstruck Paul Daley so Daley worked takedowns to try to get a decision via his top game. That really happened. It was like we were watching this fight on Htrae (Bizarro World for you non-nerds). Misaki's toughness really worked out well for him as he did have his nose crushed and face busted open but did enough to deserve the win.
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- Scott Smith will always hold a special place for me as a guy who was always exciting and had some incredible moments in his career. But the guy is done. He looked as bad as ever against Lumumba Sayers and he has looked pretty bad on other recent occasions. I don't want to tell a guy to retire, but I wouldn't be sad to see him gracefully hang 'em up.
- Ronaldo Souza getting the win is...whatever. He did what he had to do against a late replacement, but it wasn't really much of a fight for him.
- Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis put on one hell of a fight. Davis would have been smarter to try to get it on the floor sooner than the third round, when she had her best success of the fight, but her decision to go to war with Kaufman on the feet was certainly a win for all of us watching. Those two ladies gave everything they had and deserve all the credit in the world for their performances.
- Roger Bowling's win over Brandon Saling will be lost in the shuffle over Saling's neo-nazi tattoos and sex offender conviction. Someone in charge of this stuff at both Strikeforce and Showtime dropped the ball badly in putting this kid on TV. I get that he has the right to compete, but I have the right as a consumer to say that I want the money I spend on the programming, tickets and other things related to the network and promotion to not go into his pocket.
- Pat Healy is experiencing quite the run right now. Caros Fodor is no joke and Healy did very, very well in disposing of him by his usual method of grinding away and taking advantage of mistakes.
- Ryan Couture has improved considerably but I still don't think too highly of him as a fighter. Conor Heun also looked miserable in that fight. Still, credit to Couture who is looking to get better and certainly isn't trying to cost on his dad's name. And, hey, it's not like he's picking up DUI's like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.