Saturday, May 16, 2009
Sarah Kaufman wins in Strikeforce debut
So the original plan for last night's Strikeforce show was for Kim Couture to fight Miesha Tate. I was actually looking forward to seeing Meisha bend Mrs. Couture into a pretzel but it's wasn't going to be a good fight for women's MMA. So Kim backed out and undefeated Canadian Sarah Kaufman stepped in. Of course that made it a much tougher fight for Miesha but a better fight for fans. Sarah took the fight for the same reason Miesha took it. Sarah wants to be a star and the fight was on TV. She wants to make money. It ain't rocket science. On the surface, the fight was a classic wrestler vs striker battle. But Sarah's defense is what sets up her punching power. She's well trained in the basics. And that's how round one of the fight went. Sarah would thwart Miesha's takedown attempts and nail her with shots getting up. The only thing was that Miesha demonstrated durabilty that none of Sarah's other opponents has shown. I assume Miesha's nose was broken as she was bleeding all over the place. Miesha did get a takedown and kept Sarah down in round two and she won the round. But Sarah wasn't hurt and I have to assume the bloody nose affected Miesha's breathing. So it's all tied up and round three was similar to round one. Sarah landed bombs after Miesha's unsuccessful takedown attempts. Sarah Kaufman wins and her record is now 9-0. Her next fight is scheduled to be June 19 against Shayna Baszler. The bottom line is that both fighters were impressive and stole the show. They both deserve to be on TV again. And the main thing that came out of this fight is that three minute rounds aren't adequate and girls deserve five minute rounds just like the guys. Sarah Kaufman said it on national TV. So what's going on? Strikeforce owner Scott Coker claims that three minute rounds for women's fights are mandated by the California State Athletic Commission. But the CSAC says it's a promoter's decision. The whole thing is a laughable Abbott & Costello routine. So I urge Ariel Helwani and the other MMA reporters to please bug Coker about this issue so fighters like Sarah Kaufman can display their talents at the optimum level. Bothe fighters were still great even with three minute rounds so enjoy the video.