Sayers Stops Britt, Rousey Stays Undefeated at Strikeforce Challengers

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Strikeforce Middleweight Main Event
Lumumba Sayers (5-2) KO RD 1 Antwain Britt (11-6)
Time of KO: 0:28 RD 1

If you blinked then you missed the awesome Sayers knockout of Britt.  They call him “Heavy Hands” and the moniker seems apt for Sayers who put Britt’s lights out with an uppercut that followed a right hook.  Incredible performance by Sayers on Friday night. 

Strikeforce Women’s 145 lbs Bout
Ronda Rousey (4-0) SUB RD 1 (Arm bar) Julia Budd (2-2)
Time of Submission: 0:39 RD 1

It’s hard to get a good read on MMA media darling Rousey given that her fights end so damn quick.  While we know her striking is incredibly weak her judo and submissions are top notch.  Case in point was the grotesque way in which Rousey dislocated Budd’s elbow in seconds.  It was as dominant win as you could have hoped for from a fighter making their fourth professional fight.

Strikeforce Catchweight (188 lbs) Bout
Adlan Amagov (9-1-1) KO RD 1  Anthony Smith (14-7)
Time of the Stoppage: 2:32 RD 1 

Adlan Amagov is the type of fighter that most American MMA fans view as an enigma.  It’s hard to truly gauge the prospects of fighters hailing from Eastern Europe but it appears that Amagov is the real deal.  If nothing else, Amagov brings fun to the cage with his sambo and his wild leg kicks.  Funny then how this fight featured really none of that.  Sure, Amagov got a takedown but it was the wild sweeping right hand that put Smith out for the night with a highlight real KO.

Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Bout
Trevor Smith (9-1) SUB RD 1 (Guillotine) TJ Cook (12-4)
Time of Submission: 4:28 RD 1 

Despite the edge in experience enjoyed by Cook, Smith controlled the majority of this fight.  Once Smith got the fight to the ground Cook was simply out of his element and after some grappling, Smith was able to slip in the mounted guillotine to end the fight.

Strikeforce Middleweight Bout
Derek Brunson (9-0) UD 3 Nate James (13-8-1)
Scores: 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

While this was not an incredible fun fight to watch you do get the sense that there may be a future for Brunson.  Sure, he’s as green as grass but working with Greg Jackson should improve his all around game.  Right now Brunson is a wrestler first and fighter second.  This wasn’t a performance that will set the MMA world a fire but there’s clearly some upside to Brunson.