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Fights – Strikeforce – Rousey vs. Kaufman was a good event, from top to bottom, so I’m going to spend a bit of time talking about those fights.
Mike Beltran, Dwarf Lord Referee
First off, I want to make special note of referee Mike Beltran and his glorious, hypnotic mustache. He did have some off moments, like warning guys on the ground to keep working, despite submissions being actively sought for. He also wanted to speed Roger Bowling’s groin shot recovery along, threatening to get the ring doctor involved despite the rules stating a fighter gets upwards of five minutes to recuperate. He was much more accommodating to Germaine de Randame after she took a knee to the lady balls from Hiroko Yamanaka.
Check out actual fight information after the jump, and more!
Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie
Julie Kedzie landed some good head kicks and various other strikes on Miesha Tate, but she got overzealous, followed Miesha to the ground and got caught in a fight-ending armbar.
It was a great fight, though and both combatants put on a tremendous performance.
How I Could Just Kill a Man - The Ovince St. Preux Story
Ovince St. Preux straight-up killed TJ Cook with an overhand left. Not really much else to say, Cook died and I cheered his murderer. It was a good fight, with St. Preux hurting Cook in the first round, but Cook managed to survive (Until his execution in the third).
Ronaldo Souza vs. Derrick Brunson
Ronaldo Souza showed off his striking skills instead of his top-level jiu-jitsu game by knocking out Derrick Brunson at least three times.
Still got to see the Jacare crawl, which always makes me happy!
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman
Ronda Rousey finished off Sarah Kaufman via armbar in under a minute, a fact “Judo” Gene LeBell proudly showed off with his stopwatch.
Oh, Gene, you're a delight!
Mateusz Gawrzynski vs. Artur Mroczek
In non-Strikeforce fights, there was a Polish event, and some dude punched the daylights out of another random dude. I’ve never heard of either, and after this fight, I’m pretty sure the loser won’t recognize his name, either! Oh, brain trauma jokes, will you ever get old?
News – There wasn’t a whole lot of MMA news of consequence this week, and nobody cares about reading fifth hand from me that a guy’s injured and out of a fight, or two people are beefing over Twitter
WARNING – GROSS IMAGE FOLLOWS
House of Pain 6 (No word if the subtitle for the event was Jump Around) took place in Australia this weekend. Patrick “Stereotypical Irish Name” Dohertyfaced off against Rhyse Saliba of Thailand, and apparently “Rhyse Saliba”translates to “Elbows made of cleavers”, because, yeesh, when I said Dohertyfaced off, it turns out that was almost literally true. I’m pretty sure only morticians are qualified and experienced enough to take care of wounds like that.
GROSS IMAGE DONE
What’s Next? Well, Bellator is coming up on Friday, and I’ll watch it, but I don’t think I’ll write up a primer on that, since I kind of know about like three people on that card. The next primer will be for UFC 151, taking place on September 1st, which features a main event of Jon Jones defending his Light Heavyweight title against Dan Henderson. I’ve featured some of Jones’s handiwork on the blog in the past, so here’s one
of Dan Henderson’s greatest moments, his knockout victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 100, back on July 11, 2009.