Friday, September 21, 2012

Four questions that will be answered by Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman

Strikeforce will put their bantamweight belt on the line Saturday when Ronda Rousey fights Sarah Kaufman. What questions will be answered by these fights? Read on, Cagereader.

Does Sarah Kaufman have the Ronda Rousey puzzled solved? If Rousey wins this bout, there's a pretty good chance it is by an armbar. After all, she's had eight fights (five pro, three amateur), and they all have ended in an armbar win. Kaufman and her team are aware of this, and even made a joke about the many messages they receive about the armbar on "All Access." Joking aside, she will have to keep the fight standing and avoid Rousey's ground game to win. Eight other fights have failed. Can Kaufman do it?

Is Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza still a title threat? Jacare lost the Strikeforce middleweight belt to Luke Rockhold nearly a year ago, and has one win in one fight since. Will he get another shot at the belt? His performance against Derek Brunson will tell.

Are Roger Bowling or Tarec Saffiedine title contenders? Both men have hovered near the top of Strikeforce's welterweight division, but haven't gotten a title shot. Nate Marquardt will need an opponent soon, and this fight could produce a challenger.

How has Miesha Tate recovered? Saturday's fights mark a return to the cage for both Tate and Rousey. It's the first time either has fought since Rousey took the belt from Tate and ripped up her arm in the process. Tate has recovered from her many torn ligaments, but will she be the same fighter when facing off with Julie Kedzie?

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