Following every UFC and Strikeforce event, The MMA Corner will break down the event and suggest fights the promotion should make in the future. This week, our focus is on Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, which took place on March 3 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman

A new champion was crowned on Saturday as undefeated submission specialist Ronda Rousey defeated Miesha Tate to win the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship. Rousey, who has won all of her fights by armbar, locked up another against Tate, seriously injuring her opponent’s arm in the process.

Sarah Kaufman (L) finished Alexis Davis on Saturday, possibly earning her a title shot against Rousey. (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Many questioned whether Rousey deserved the title shot with only two wins in Strikeforce coming into her title fight. But now with a dominant performance over Tate, she has turned into the new face of women’s MMA and seems to be a dominant force in the division.

Other female action took place at Tate vs. Rousey, as Sarah Kaufman defeated Alexis Davis in a fight worthy of Fight of the Night honors. All indications point to Kaufman getting the next title shot against Rousey.

Right now, it’s hard to say anyone on the planet can beat Rousey, but Kaufman is a former champion that has her eyes focused on the crown.

The only knock off to Kaufman is she isn’t someone who prefers to fight on the mat. Ten of her 15 wins have come by knockout, and her only loss came by submission. She’ll have to keep the fight standing or Rousey will add another armbar win to her list

Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez

Gilbert Melendez (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

The co-main event on Saturday offered a lightweight bout between Josh Thomson and K.J. Noons. Thomson went on to defeat Noons by decision, but it wasn’t a good performance on his behalf.

However, a win is a win, and the former Strikeforce lightweight champion will get back to training to get his game back to top form.

To win the Strikeforce belt in 2008, Thomson defeated Gilbert Melendez by unanimous decision. But once the two had a rematch with the gold on the line the following year, it was “El Nino” that took back his title.

With Thomson’s win and Melendez currently without an opponent, Strikeforce will make a rubber match between the two. After the fight on Saturday, Melendez sat cageside while Thomson called the champ out.

Thomson better come in ten times better than he looked against Noons, because Melendez is continuing to improve more and more each day.

 

Kazuo Misaki vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Japan’s Kazuo Misaki returned to the Strikeforce cage on Saturday and put on an impressive performance to earn a split decision over top contender Paul Daley.

Misaki has fought and beaten some of the best middleweights in the world, but is now looking to make a run as a welterweight. Defeating a guy like Daley is a good start, and he will continue to get quality opponents to face.

A rising star in the welterweight division is Tarec Saffiedine, who is 5-1 in Strikeforce. Saffiedine was hoping to try and avenge his Strikeforce loss to Tyron Woodley, but since Woodley decided to take a fight against Nate Marquardt, Misaki could be the next up for Saffiedine.

This will be an interesting bout between Misaki and Saffiedine. Both have more wins by decision than any other form on their records, so this may be a three-round decision war in the makings.

Lumumba Sayers vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

Sayers (black trunks) lifts Scott Smith over his shoulder before slamming him to the mat. (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Two middleweights who earned wins on Saturday were Lumumba Sayers and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.

Sayers out-matched veteran Scott Smith in his fight, and went on to win by first-round guillotine choke submission.

Former Strikeforce champion Souza fought in the opening bout of the Showtime main card, and defeated late replacement Bristol Marunde by arm-triangle choke.

“Jacare” is set on getting a chance to get his belt back, but I think he needs at least one more fight under his belt to make it back to the top. Sayers would be a solid opponent and will test Souza.

Sayers has won back-to-back fights, and to step into the cage across from a champion like “Jacare” will provide him more experience that will help him later on in his career.

Top Photo: Ronda Rousey with the Strikeforce belt around her waist (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.