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Oh yeah, Jacare is fighting this weekend too

With Ronda Rousey sucking up all the oxygen for this weekend’s Strikeforce: Rousey v Kaufman event, it’s easy to forget that there’s anyone else on the card worth watching. Not completely true! Here’s a few more fighters you should keep your eye out for on the card:

Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza is one of the guys most screwed by the whole dimensional portal between Strikeforce and the UFC being closed off forever. He doesn’t get as much press as some of the other screwees like Tim Kennedy and Gilbert Melendez, probably because he does most of his complaining in Portugeese. But it’s a right shame he’s stuck in a situation where he’s fought all the big names in his division already. The fact that his only loss is to the champ only makes his current situation more crappy. He’s been reduced to fighting Strikeforce newcomers and Challengers veterans. In this case, Derek Brunson.

Roger Bowling
Speaking of Challengers veterans, Bowling was a guy that used to carry those cards based on his entertaining style. Win or lose, you knew he was going to bring it. That reputation will be challenged by Tarec Saffiedine, who has his own rep for a sparring style of striking and decision wins. He made a Scott Smith fight boring!

Ovince St Preux
Strikeforce threw him into the deep end against Gegard Mousasi in his last fight, but that poor showing doesn’t take away from the fact that Ovince is a prospect worth keeping your eye on. Plus it’s fun to call him OSP.

Miesha Tate
If ya wanna see some sexism in action, ask yourself why Miesha Tate is fighting Julie Kedzie on the prelims when Lumumba Sayers and Anthony Smith scrap it out on the main card. Who gives a shit about women fighting on a card headlined by women? Durr durr durr. Maybe it has something to do with Showtime wanting to anchor their prelims with a fight people actually want to see? Whatever the case, you’ll have to tune into Sho Extreme (one of the premium channel’s premium channels) to see this one.

Germaine De Randamie
Known as the Iron Lady of Kickboxing, everyone in the know what excited about Germaine De Randamie’s MMA ascent until she got brutally laid on by Julia Budd in her last fight. That was a year ago, and now we get to see if De Randamie can stay off her back and use her reknown striking to make a statement. She’s facing off against Hiroko Yamanaka, the opponent Cris Cyborg smushed in 17 seconds flat. This is another Sho Extreme prelim.

Strikeforce: Rousey vs Kaufman goes down Saturday August 18th at 10pm EST on Showtime, with the prelims starting at 8pm. Fightlinker chat will be up from the prelims and we look forward to seeing y’all in there!

  • Filmdrunk

    I know it’s not as bothersome to the East Coast people, but it’s hard to believe that the only reason these poor Strikeforce fighters have to deal with this shitty organization is because of this even shittier Showtime deal. Is it really that crucial for Zuffa to keep this Showtime deal? A channel barely anyone watches that can’t even show your fucking events live on the West Coast? Unless you have satellite, every Strikeforce fight is on tape delay, which means it’s

    1. On at fucking 10 pm.
    2. Not live, despite the fact that half the Strikeforce events are happening in California anyway.

    It’s bullshit. I can only imagine no one is talking about this because no one really cares about Strikeforce in the first place.

  • Reverend Clint

    jacare lost to the champ… but being the champ of strikeforce is like being the fastest kid in a wheel chair.

  • Blackula Jonez

    being a champ in strikeforce is like being the king of oblivion

  • TheButtStrangler

    Alligator is fighting this weekend?!

    The first I’ve heard aboot it!

    Well thats what we get from zuffa’s twitter/13 year old lead promotional agenda.

    I’m still not watching it though.

    Why dwell on lost causes.

  • Symbul

    Filmdrunk: It’s important to Zuffa to keep their product on Showtime to keep other promotions from grabbing the airtime instead. As for the fighters, a lot of them aren’t really UFC caliber (yet) and they’re not on the Showtime must-have list and for those who do manage to get cage time (a long-running SF problem has been not enough fights to go around) it’s not a bad deal at all compared to a regional promotion.

    OP: Miesha Tate’s on the prelims because she’s not as good as Lumumba Sayers and possibly not as good as Smith either (who I’m not familiar with, seems like a journeyman). You don’t see any straight judo players rocking it up in the men’s divisions do you? That shit only works in the women’s division (and it wouldn’t work on Cyborg).