Rousey Stuns Kaufman with Armbar in Opening Minute

Ariel Shnerer / August 19, 2012 - 6:00am

Ronda Rousey continued her unprecedented string of first-round submission finishes via armbar as the Strikeforce female bantamweight champion forced former champion Sarah Kaufman to tap out in under a minute at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman Saturday night on Showtime.

Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman emanated from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif.

In the co-feature, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza made short work of Derek Brunson, winning via first-round knockout, while Tarec Saffiedine earned a hard-fought unanimous decision over Roger Bowling.

Full press release below:

Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

SAN DIEGO (August 18, 2012)—Women’s mixed martial arts sensation Ronda Rousey defended her STRIKEFORCE Bantamweight Championship by besting former titleholder Sarah Kaufman via first-round arm bar on Saturday to cap a thrilling night of fights live on SHOWTIME. 

The undefeated Rousey continued her mind-boggling streak: six professional fights, six wins via first-round arm bar. Through those six fights, she has fought a miniscule total of seven minutes, 39 seconds as a professional. 

The former Team U.S.A. Judoka Olympian, and the first American woman ever to medal in that sport (Bronze, Beijing 2008), has been on a meteoric rise to stardom in recent months. Since her win over Miesha Tate back in March where Rousey captured the STRIKEFORCE Championship, she has appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue, appeared in Maxim Magazine (Sept. issue), been the subject of her own two-episode documentary series from SHOWTIME Sports, All Access, guest hosted TMZ, and appeared on Conan O’Brien’s nationally televised late night talk show. 

On Saturday, Rousey justified the attention with her ferocious ability and should expect the hype machine to continue. 

“Yes! You must believe the hype,” bellowed SHOWTIME Sports host and play-by-play man Mauro Ranallo shortly after the tap.

Other action from STRIKEFORCE:

Welterweights (170 lbs.) 3×5
Tarec Saffiedine       UD (30-27, 3xs) over    Roger Bowling
(12-3)                        (11-2)
Temecula, Calif.                Cincinnati, Ohio

Middleweights (185 lbs) 3×5
Anthony Smith      SUB (Rd 1) over     Lumumba Sayers  
(17-7)                        (6-3)
Orange, County, Calif.                 Denver, Colo.                 

Light Heavyweights (205 lbs.) 3×5
Ovince Saint Preux            KO (Rd 3) over    T.J. Cook
(12-5)                        (12-5)
Knoxville, Tenn.                    Ocala, Fla.

Preliminary Fights on SHOWTIME EXTREME

Bantamweights (135 lbs., Women’s Division)
Miesha Tate        SUB (arm bar) over     Julie Kedzie
(13-3)                        (16-11)
Yakima, Wash.                    Albuquerque, N.M.

NOTE: Tate weathered a heavy storm of strikes by the veteran Kedzie to win an action-packed fight via arm bar in the third round.  Tate showed a tremendous amount of resiliency and heart in outlasting Kedzie.

SHOWTIME will make Tate vs. Kedzie, which aired live on SHOWTIME EXTREME on Saturday, available for subscribers at SHOWTIME ON DEMAND™ within a few days.  More information on this is forthcoming.

Middleweights (185 lbs.) 3X5
Adlan Amagov         TKO over        Keith Berry 
Albuquerque, NM.                           Murrieta, Calif.
(10-2-1)                                              (12-10)

Featherweight (145 lbs., Women’s Division) 3×5
Germaine de Randamie     UD (30-27, 3xs) over     Hiroko Yamanaka
(3-2)                            (12-2, 1,  NC) 
San Jose, Calif.                        Japan

Lightweights (155 lbs) 3×5
Bobby Green            UD (30-27, 3xs) over    Matt Ricehouse
Fontana, Calif.                                                              St. Charles, Mo.
(19-5)                            (6-1)