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.
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.
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!