It was an electrifying night in the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The following preliminary fights kicked things off for the show:
Sarah Kaufman got the majority decision over Alexis Davis
Roger Bowling TKO’d Brandon Saling in round 2
Pat Healy submitted Caros Fodor by arm triangle in the third round
Ryan Couture TKO’d Conor Heun in the third as well
The main card continued, on Showtime, with half the fights making it to decision.
Josh Thompson edged out a unanimous decision against K.J. Noons
Kazuo Misaki squeaked out a split decision against Paul Daley
Lumumba Sayers submitted Scott Smith by way of guillotine choke in just over a minute of the first round
Ronaldo Souza also submitted Bristol Marunde in a triangle that was capitalized on in the third round
The main event, Tate vs Rousey, didn’t ever see the later rounds, as it was Rousey who found a way to put an end to Tate’s reign as champion. In an impressive display of technique Rousey secured an armbar that had the champion tapping out, unfortunately not before she received some damage to her arm.
For more footage on the armbar check out the youtube video posted on MMAMania.com posted below.
It looks as if Strikeforce will be putting on quite a show this Saturday March 3rd, 2012 from Nationwide Arena, in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Tune into Showtime to watch the fight live at 10pm ET & 7pm PT.
The fight cards main event will be champion Miesha ‘Takedown’ Tate vs. Olympic bronze medalist Ronda ‘Rowdy’ Rousey for the Strikeforce bantamweight championship. The bad blood between these two ladies seems to be boiling over, as can be seen in their weigh-in video below. When champion Miesha Tate was asked about why the hard feelings existed she replied that she was not happy about that it seemed Ronda was stepping over more deserving competitors.
Whatever the cause of the rivalry, don’t imagine that this is going to be a beauty contest. Both of these women are prepared to throw down and this fight definitely has appeal for more than one reason.
Miesha Tate (12-2-0) vs. Ronda Rousey (4-0-0)
Roger Bowling (10-2-0) vs. Brandon Saling (8-5-0)
Ryan Couture (3-1-0) vs. Conor Heun (9-4-0)
Caros Fodor (-1-0) vs. Pat Healy (26-16-0)
Sarah Kaufman (14-1-0) vs. Alexis Davis (11-4-0)
Scott Smith (17-9-0) vs. Lumumba Sayers (5-2-0)
K.J. Noons (11-4-0) vs. Josh Thomson (18-4-0)
Paul Daley (29-11-2) vs. Kazuo Misaki (24-11-2)
Ronaldo Souza (14-3-0) vs. Bristol Marunde (12-6-0)
It appears that Zuffa has signed Nate Marquardt to fight on their Strikeforce venue. Nearly 8 months ago Nate “The Great” Marquardt was released from the UFC by Dana White, following the results of a pre-fight drug screen. The drug screen revealed that Nate Marquardt had elevated levels of testosterone. Nate claims the elevated levels came from a preexisting condition, that Nate fully disclosed to the athletic commission and the UFC, that causes a deficiency in testosterone hormone production.
Following a unanimous decision victory over Dan Miller, at UFC 128, Nate was scheduled to move to up in weight for a June 2011 welterweight debut. The fighter had a pre-fight medical exam that showed that he had elevated levels of testosterone that Nate credits due to a testosterone treatment program that he was on due to his medical condition. The NJSACB then stated that Nate would have to discontinue treatment for 8 weeks and then reexamine his testosterone levels. The fighter did prove to be a candidate for Testosterone Replacement Therapy but he only had three weeks to bring his testosterone levels to normal. In order to reach normal levels, by the fight deadline, Marquardt’s doctor implemented a more aggressive treatment program to reach the desired levels in such a short amount of time. On the night of the weigh ins, however, Marquardt’s testosterone levels exceeded the allowable levels.
Dana White then publicly stated that Marquardt would not be allowed to fight in the UFC ever again. Now it appears that the fighter will find a home at Strikeforce, and possibly win fans, and the UFC brass, back to his side, so that Nate “The Great” Marquardt can once again entertain fight fans the world over.