Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman: Video Highlights from Saturday's Fight

Nathan McCarter@McCarterNFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2012

August 18, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA;   Ronda Rousey (black shirt) as she defeated Sarah Kaufman (blue shirt)during their Strikeforce MMA women's bantamweight title bout at the Valley View Casino Center. Rousey won in 54 seconds of the first round. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman video highlights can be seen here via Showtime Sports' YouTube page, or you can click play over the video embedded in the article.

The Valley View Casino Center in San Diego played host to the night's festivities.

In the main event, Ronda Rousey took on top contender Sarah Kaufman. Rousey defended her Strikeforce bantamweight championship with another armbar victory in under a minute of action. The 25-year-old Olympic bronze medalist continues her ascent as the next star of MMA.

The quick victory marks the eighth time in nine career amateur and professional fights that she finished in under one minute.

Rousey's armbar finishes continue to astonish the MMA world.

In the co-main event of the evening, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ended Derek Brunson's attempt at an upset early. Jacare got the knockout victory in under a minute.

Jacare seeks a rematch with Luke Rockhold in an attempt to win the Strikeforce middleweight championship.

The first fight of the main card also ended in a knockout. Ovince St. Preux knocked T.J. Cook unconscious shortly after the third round began.

The other finish of the main card was a submission victory for Anthony Smith. The 24-year-old defeated Lumumba Sayers via triangle choke in the first frame. Sayers was coming off of a stoppage of MMA veteran Scott Smith in March.

The victory puts Smith on the map in Strikeforce as a young fighter to watch.

In between all of the exciting finishes was Tarec Saffiedine vs. Roger Bowling.

Saffiedine pulled out a 30-27 unanimous decision over his opponent. Bowling landed several strong strikes, but Saffiedine was more consistent and accurate throughout the bout. Saffiedine controlled the action and continued his quest for a shot at the Strikeforce welterweight championship.

The five-fight main card gave fans a night full of exciting action.

Video courtesy of Showtime Sports.

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