Ronda Rousey Captures Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship Via First-Round Armbar Submission Over Miesha Tate

Written by: Eddie Goldman

From Showtime:

Catch the Replay Today/Sunday at 10 a.m.ET/PT on SHOWTIME® and Tuesday, March 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®

COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 4, 2012)
– In the main event of STRIKEFORCE®: TATEvs. ROUSEY  on SHOWTIME®, RondaRousey (5-0), of Venice, Calif. won the STRIKEFORCE Women’s BantamweightChampionship with her fifth straight victory – and fifth straight first-roundsubmission via armbar - over Miesha Tate(12-3), of Yakima, Wash. at 4:27 of round one from the Nationwide Arena inColumbus, Ohio.

Full Card Official Results

Josh Thomson (19-4, 1 NC), of SanJose, Calif., scored a unanimous decision with title implications in thelightweight division over KJ Noons(10-4), of San Diego, Calif., by the scores of 29-28 three times.

Kazuo Misaki (25-11-2, 1 NC), ofTokyo, Japan, won a bloody split decision over Paul Daley (29-12-2), of Nottingham, England. The scores were30-27, 29-28 for Misaki and 29-28 for Daley.

Lumumba Sayers (6-2), of Denver,Colo. submitted Scott Smith (18-10,1 NC), of Elk Grove, Calif., via guillotine choke after catching him with ahighlight reel back body drop.

“Jacare” Souza (15-3, 1 NC), of Riode Janeiro, Brazil, submitted BristolMarunde (15-7), of Las Vegas, Nev., via arm triangle choke at 2:43 in thethird round.

Headling the card on SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SarahKaufman (15-1), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, won a majority decisionwith title implications in the women’s bantamweight division over Alexis Davis (11-5), of Jensen Beach,Fla., by the scores of 29-28 two times and 29-29.

Roger Bowling (11-2), of Cincinnati,Ohio, stopped Brandon Saling (8-6),of Byesville, Ohio, on strikes in the second round.

Pat Healy (29-17), of Portland,Oregon, submitted Caros Fodor (7-1,1 NC), of Kirkland, Wash., at 3:35 in the third round.

Ryan Couture (4-1), of Las Vegas,Nev., scored a TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes over Conor Heun (9-5),of Hollywood, Calif., at 2:52 of round three.

Mauro Ranallo called the action alongside analysts Frank Shamrock and PatMiletich with Heidi Androl serving as cageside reporter. The executive produceris David Dinkins Jr.
For information on SHOWTIME Sports, including exclusive behind-the-scenes videoand photo galleries, complete telecast information and more, please visit thewebsite at
For more information or the latest STRIKEFORCE news, visit