Last night’s Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman event was another example as too why the “other” ZUFFA promotion deserves Fight Night Bonuses too. Like the 15 post-purchase events before them, last night had plenty of worthy candidates for Fight Night Bonuses.
Though they aren’t getting that extra money deposited in their accounts that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t still receive the credit they deserve.
Fight of the Night: Julie Kedzie vs. Miesha Tate
Coming off the loss of her title to Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate started out slow as Julie Kedzie took control of the fight with her striking. Tate battled through some heavy shots from Kedzie and began to dish out some damage of her own. The fight was back and forth heading into the final round and as things looked bad for the former champ, she pulled out a submission via armbar that looked eerily similar to the one that ended her title reign. Tate wasn’t happy with her performance but the two put on a Fight of the Night performance.
Knockout of the Night: Ronaldo De Souza
Being one of the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioners like Ronaldo De Souza is and scoring your first knockout victory after 20 professional fights is noteworthy. Doing it in just 41 seconds in a fight that could have possible earned him a chance at regaining his title makes it the Knockout of the Night. Jacare landed a right to the jaw of his opponent Derek Brunson that sent him to the canvas, after two failed attempts to recover the lights were finally turned out on Brunson by some ground and pound.
Submission of the Night: Ronda Rousey
In her first defense of the Strikeforce 135 lbs. title, Ronda Rousey took on the former champion Sarah Kaufman. Like the five ladies before her Kaufman was holder her arm wondering what just happened as Rousey celebrates yet another armbar submission win. Rousey needed only 30 seconds to grab the arm of Kaufman and despite the valiant effort to escape she was forces to tap just 54 seconds into the fight. The champ improved to 6-0 with her sixth submission via armbar and while everyone knows its coming no one has yet to come close to stopping it. The Strikeforce champion is making it look easy and giving women’s Mixed Martial Arts a much-needed boost.