Report on Saturday night strikeforce action.

By Tom Donelson, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: March 6, 2012

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

IOWA CITY, IOWA—(BASN)-–On my way to obtaining a black belt in Karate, our Sensi required his black belts to obtain at least a yellow belt in Judo and I remember one experience on the judo mat. A black belt judo woman, weighing about 140 pounds on a 5’5″ frae, took me down in less than 30 seconds and had me an arm bar that I couldn’t get out of. A few minutes later, this woman then took a 6′ 3″ karate stable mate of mine down in even quicker time. This session came back to mind when Ronda Rousey forced Meisha Tate to tap out in one of the most vicious arm bar I have witnessed.
In a bout build up by a lot of smash talking by both sides proved to one of those exciting bouts that make up in thrills what it lost in time as it fail to last first round. Tate came out swinging, even managing to connect on a couple of rights before Rousey managed to grab Tate in a serious of maneuvers that resulted in a Rousey’s arm bar but Tate managed to get out and tried to use her wrestling skills to escape. For a brief moments, both exchanged punches before Rousey threw Tate to the ground with a perfect judo toss and submitting Tate to an arm bar that had Tate grimacing in pain. Tate tapped out and Rousey was the bantamweight champion.
This was a classic wrestler vs. Judo with the Olympic Judo medalist using her skills to the utmost to end the fight for her fifth straight win and fifth straight first round submission. And I just remember that Judo black belt who showed me a few tricks on my way to a black belt.
The other intriguing bout of the evening featured Pride veteran Kazuo Misaki facing Paul Daley. Daley advantage coming into this bout was his striking ability and power but Misaki neutralized that advantage immediately with his own quick jab and solid right crosses to head and body aide by his powerful knee strikes. Paul Daley found himself at a loss as his main weapons were neutralized by Misaki. At the end of the first round, Misak swarmed Daley with a combo to the head and body.
Even when Daley managed to get Misaki to the ground, it always seemed that Misak was in control and never in danger. Misaki ratio of power punch connections massively outnumbered Daley who spent most of the evening throwing one punch at a time and never much in combinations. The real drama occurred in the third round as Daley got Misaki to the ground and landed a vicious elbow that opened up an gash over Misaki’s left eye. With three minutes left, Misaki was in danger of losing the fight due to the cut.
Misaki showed Bushido and still manage to control the fight down the stretch despite the blood spurting over his face. While the judges had it a split decision, this was a case in which blood may have impacted the scoring as one judge probably gave Daley the last round and the fight but in reality, Daly had very little going for him and he was out maneuvered by a skill technician who took away his best weapons and forced him to go a Plan B that never worked.
Sandy Kaufman engaged in an all-out war with Alexis Davis as a Kaufmann punch opened up a cut over Alexis Davis’ left eye but Davis stayed in the fight with solid shots of her own that allowed her not just stay competitive but make it a close affair before losing a close decision to Kaufman. Both ladies walked out of Octagon with battered faces resulting from some vicious combat but they also provided the fans with a great fan. The victory may have put Kaufman in line for a bout with Rousey.
The ladies were the headline fight and the big story with Kaufman-Davis rock em and sock em bout that had everyone standing and Rousey spectacular display of athleticism.