After a successful card just a month prior, Strikeforce continued their tour on the west coast by traveling to the Valley View Casino in San Diego to host Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman on Aug. 18.

In the main event, the new face of women’s MMA Ronda Rousey put her title on the line against Canadian Sarah Kaufman. Would Rousey add another armbar win to her record? Or would Kaufman upset the champion?

Another four bouts rounded out the main card, including two potential number one contender fights between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza taking on Derek Brunson, and Tarec Saffiedine vs. Roger Bowling.

Fight fans also got a chance to catch another four prelim bouts, which featured former champion Miesha Tate taking on Julie Kedzie.

Showtime Extreme aired the preliminary portion of the card, with Showtime taking over at 10 p.m. ET.

Rousey defends her title with another armbar win

If you took the under in if the round would go past the first round, you would be correct in this fight between Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman.

In her first defense since winning the title against Miesha Tate, Rousey showed no nerves and got the job done by going to her bread and butter, adding another first-round armbar win to her record.

After the bout, “Rowdy” called out former champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos, urging the Brazilian to drop down and fight her.

Souza stops Brunson in just 41 seconds

A hungry Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza stepped inside the Strikeforce cage hoping to get a rematch with champion Luke Rockhold, but in his way stood a tough Derek Brunson.

“Jacare” is known for his submissions, but unleashed his power in this fight. Brunson rushed forward, but walked into a right hand by Souza that dropped him. The punch didn’t put Brunson out, but the Brazilian finished the job with punches from the top.

A 41 second knockout certainly puts “Jacare” in line with a fight against Rockhold, the man who took the belt from Souza.

Saffiedine decisions Bowling, setting up fight with Marquardt

Title implications were on the line in this welterweight fight, as “Relentless” Roger Bowling battled Tarec Saffiedine.

Round one was close, with both welterweights doing their own fair share of damage.

After an accidental eye poke, both went back to work looking to take control of the fight. However, neither could supply a good amount of damage, making round two another close round.

The third round was similar to the first two, with both men trying to score points anyway possible. Saffiedine finally opened up in the final minutes, and almost submitted Bowling as time expired.

All three judges gave Saffiedine the win 30-27, giving the Belgium fighter three wins in a row.

Smith submits Sayers

A bad blood middleweight battle was up next, as Lumumba Sayers took on Anthony Smith.

The fight only lasted one round, but it was a fast paced bout with both men having momentum. But in the end, Smith was able to lock up a triangle choke from the bottom for force Sayers to tap.

St. Preux knocks out Cook

Opening up the Showtime main card was a light heavyweight scrap between former University of Tennessee football player Ovince St. Preux and T.J. Cook.

Both men went back and forth in exchanges, with St. Preux almost finishing Cook early in the first round. But Cook showed a lot of heart, and was able to escape to the next round.

The pace slowed in the second frame with “OSP” throwing a wild high kick many times. Midway through, the Haitian fighter got the takedown and stayed on top to win another round heading into the last.

Even though he was up on the scorecards, “OSP” didn’t let it go the distance by landing a straight left hand that instantly knocked Cook out.

Preliminary Card Summary

The feature fight on the Showtime Extreme preliminary card was one that could have easily been put on the main card, as former women’s champion Miesha Tate went to war with veteran Julie Kedzie. Kedzie impressed with her striking, but it was Tate who overcame in the third round to force Kedzie to tap due to an armbar.

Much controversy was included in a bout between Russian striker Adlan Amagov and Berry. Amagov landed a kick to the knee of Berry that dropped his opponent, then looked to land punches on Berry. Referee Herb Dean stopped the bout, but Berry claimed that he was fighting back. Nevertheless, Amagov bounced back with a TKO win.

In the first women’s bout of the night, Germaine de Randamie improved her record to over .500 by defeating Hiroko Yamanaka by unanimous decision.

A lightweight fight opened the night of fights from San Diego, as Bobby Green defeated before undefeated Matt Ricehouse by unanimous decision by being the aggressor and controlling the pace inside the cage.

Full Card Results

Ronda Rousey def. Sarah Kaufman by submission (armbar). Round 1, 0:54 to retain Strikeforce bantamweight title
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Derek Brunson by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:41
Tarec Saffiedine def. Roger Bowling by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Anthony Smith def. Lumumba Sayers by submission (triangle choke). Round 1, 3:52
Ovince St. Preux def. T.J. Cook by knockout (punch). Round 3, 0:20
Miesha Tate def. Julie Kedzie by submission (armbar). Round 3, 3:28
Adlan Amagov def. Keith Berry by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:48
Germaine de Randamie def. Hiroko Yamanaka by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)\
Bobby Green def. Matt Ricehouse by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Photo: Ronda Rousey (L) poses for the cameras before her fight with Sarah Kaufman (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

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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.