Undefeated Ronda Rousey will headline her second consecutive Strikeforce fight card when she faces Sarah Kaufman on Aug. 18, at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, Calif. Here are my predictions for the entire Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman fight card:
Ronda Rousey versus Sarah Kaufman
Rousey backed up her words during her last outing against Miesha Tate, securing the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title. Kaufman wasn’t particular impressive in her last outing Alexi Davis, and the latter would probably have won the bout if she came out with a more intelligent strategy. Unlike Davis, Rousey won’t try to stand and trade with Kaufman, and she probably won’t have any problems taking the fight to the ground, where she’ll have a significant advantage. Rousey wins via submission.
Ronaldo Souza versus Derek Brunson
After losing the Strikeforce middleweight title to Luke Rockhold, Souza bounced right back in his next fight against Bristol Marunde, tapping him out in the third round. However, he’ll be in for a tougher test when he faces Brunson on Aug. 18. Brunson is a decent wrestler, and Souza might find himself in some trouble if he isn’t able to take the fight to the ground. The fight between the two should be a lot more competitive than many seem to think, but I expect “Jacare” to emerge victorious. Souza wins via submission.
Tarec Saffiedine versus Roger Bowling
Saffiedine has won five of his last six fights, and I expect more of the same when he faces Bowling on Saturday. Bowling is a heavy-handed puncher, but Saffiedine is the technically superior striker. The “Sponge’s” chin has never failed him in the past, and he should be able to handle anything Bowling throws at him. Saffiedine wins via decision.
Lumumba Sayers versus Anthony Smith
Sayers manhandled Scott Smith during his last outing, and I expect more of the same against Anthony. Both are well-rounded fighters, but Anthony’s chin has been suspect in the past. Sayers wins via KO.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.