Saturday, July 24, 2010
Sarah Kaufman powerbombs Roxanne Modafferi to Palookaville
Here's the match video from last night's Strikeforce show with Sarah Kaufman successfully defending her Strikeforce 135lb Championship against Roxanne Modafferi. Sarah won at the end of round three with a powerbomb worthy of Awesome Kong. The match was very close until that point but Roxy made a very serious error. Roxy actually won round one marginally. She was able to tie up Sarah for most of the round. She even took her down once but really didn't do anything with her. Some think ref Anthony Hamlett stood them up too quickly and that may be true. But I don't think it mattered much. You can hear him warn Roxy and then he stood them up. It's doubtful that 30 more seconds would have made any difference. Sarah has a lot of strength even in that situation and Roxy may have been concerned about a reversal. She needed to be more active. Sarah won round two with a lot of punches and they did a lot of clinching against the fence that was mostly a wash. This continued in round three. The match was still even. But Roxy tried to take Sarah down and then attempted to hook an armbar. But Sarah saw an opening, picked Roxy up and threw her on her back. Roxy was out cold. It was a KO. They called it a body slam but that was an Awesome Kong worthy powerbomb. Sometimes it only takes one mistake. So it looks like Sarah will get her wish and graduate to the main Strikeforce shows. Now they have a Sarah Kaufman highlight to play a million times. Marloes Coenen will be her next opponent. Marloes was supposed to drop to 135 for the upcoming tournament but decided against it. It appears she is only dropping to 135 for this match at Scott Coker's request. Remember Marloes has never fought at 135. Like a lot of Strikeforce's matchmaking, it doesn't make much sense. We'll see what happens. Enjoy the video!