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RONDA ROUSEY CAPTURES STRIKEFORCE WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP VIA FIRST-ROUND ARMBAR SUBMISSION OVER MIESHA TATE

by Sharon Sanghera, March 4, 2012

PHOTO CREDIT: ESTHER LIN / STRIKEFORCE

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 4, 2012) – In the main event of STRIKEFORCE®: TATE vs. ROUSEY  on SHOWTIME®Ronda Rousey(5-0), of Venice, Calif. won the STRIKEFORCE Women’s Bantamweight Championship with her fifth straight victory – and fifth straight first-round submission via armbar – over Miesha Tate (12-3), of Yakima, Wash. at 4:27 of round one from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Full Card Official Results

Josh Thomson (19-4, 1 NC), of San Jose, Calif., scored a unanimous decision with title implications in the lightweight division overKJ Noons (10-4), of San Diego, Calif., by the scores of 29-28 three times.

Kazuo Misaki (25-11-2, 1 NC), of Tokyo, Japan, won a bloody split decision over Paul Daley (29-12-2), of Nottingham, England. The scores were 30-27, 29-28 for Misaki and 29-28 for Daley. 

Lumumba Sayers (6-2), of Denver, Colo. submitted Scott Smith (18-10, 1 NC), of Elk Grove, Calif., via guillotine choke after catching him with a highlight reel back body drop.

“Jacare” Souza (15-3, 1 NC), of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, submitted Bristol Marunde (15-7), of Las Vegas, Nev., via arm triangle choke at 2:43 in the third round.

Headling the card on SHOWTIME EXTREME®, Sarah Kaufman (15-1), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, won a majority decision with title implications in the women’s bantamweight division over Alexis Davis (11-5), of Jensen Beach, Fla., by the scores of 29-28 two times and 29-29.  

Roger Bowling (11-2), of Cincinnati, Ohio, stopped Brandon Saling (8-6), of Byesville, Ohio, on strikes in the second round. 

Pat Healy (29-17), of Portland, Oregon, submitted Caros Fodor (7-1, 1 NC), of Kirkland, Wash., at 3:35 in the third round.

Ryan Couture (4-1), of Las Vegas, Nev., scored a TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes over Conor Heun (9-5), of Hollywood, Calif., at 2:52 of round three.

Mauro Ranallo called the action alongside analysts Frank Shamrock and Pat Miletich with Heidi Androl serving as cageside reporter. The executive producer is David Dinkins Jr.

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For more information or the latest STRIKEFORCE news, visit www.strikeforce.com.

About STRIKEFORCE®

Owned and operated by Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in Las Vegas, Nev. that currently holds live events annually across the United States. First established as a mixed martial arts entity in 2006, STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on Showtime® Networks, Inc. and has produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network. With a growing roster featuring the world’s elite competitors, STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality mixed martial arts action.

  

About Showtime Networks Inc.:

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®. 

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