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Strikeforce Challengers Results: Kaufman Routs Hashi to Win 135-Pound Belt, Prangley/Amoussou Ends in Eye-Poke

(Best finish of the night: Luke Rockhold vs. Paul Bradley)

Takayo Hashi may have been touted as the second-best 135-pound female fighter in the world coming into her title fight against Sarah Kaufman at last night’s Strikeforce Challengers event in San Jose, but for most of the five-round contest she looked woefully outmatched. Kaufman’s superior standup ruled the night, as the undefeated Canadian — and new "welterweight" women’s champion of Strikeforce — dropped Hashi twice in the first round, and spent the rest of the fight chasing the Japanese grappling specialist around the cage, landing punches whenever she was in range.

Kaufman successfully avoided the occasional takedown and submission attempts from her opponent, and outside of a teep kick that found its mark on her face in the final frame, she made it through all 25 minutes relatively untouched. After the fight’s conclusion — a 50-45 decision on all three judges’ scorecards — Kaufman apologized to the fans for her inability to finish Hashi, and generously credited Hashi’s constant movement: "It was really hard to get a lot of clean shots on her consecutively,” Kaufman said. “I would have loved to have finished the fight, but I couldn’t have done any more than I did.”

Speaking of drawn-out beatdowns, Belgian prospect Tarec Saffiedine hit Cung Le student James Terry with everything in his arsenal during their three-rounder, but wasn’t able to finish Terry and had to settle for a unanimous decision victory. More dramatic was Luke Rockhold’s first-round devastation of fellow middleweight Paul Bradley. Rockhold was able to drop Bradley twice with punches, before ending the fight with a head-kick and knees to the body. The up-and-coming AKA product increases his record to 7-1, with all wins coming by way of first-round stoppage. In the co-headliner, Karl "Psycho" Amoussou used his impressive striking to control Trevor Prangley until an inadvertent eye-poke from Prangley near the end of the first round stopped the action. When Amoussou wasn’t immediately able to continue, a doctor called a stop to the contest, putting a very unsatisfying technical draw on both fighters’ records.

Complete results from the event are below…

Main Card
– Sarah Kaufman def. Takayo Hashi via unanimous decision (50-45 x 3)
– Karl Amoussou vs. Trevor Prangley ends in a technical draw (accidental eye-poke), 4:14 of round 1
– Luke Rockhold def. Paul Bradley via TKO (strikes), 2:24 of round 1
– Tarec Saffiedine def. James Terry via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
– Yancy Medeiros def. Raul Castillo via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

Preliminary Card
– Wayne Phillips def. Eric Lawson via verbal submission (armbar), 4:47 of round 1
– Samuel Bracamnonte def. Chris Stewart via TKO, 0:59 of round 3 
– Tristan Arenal def. George Miller via TKO, 0:30 of round 2
– Jesse Tobar def. Johnson Nguyen via submission (rear-naked choke), 1:24 of round 2
– Renee Robinson def. Lilia Salas via TKO, 1:06 of round 1
– Steve Dickey def. Alan Lummel via TKO, 0:33 of round 1 
– Ronald Carillo def. Anthony De Los Santos via submission (armbar), 1:20 of round 2

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whambamthankyoumam- February 28, 2010 at 8:38 pm
Captain insano shows no mercy
Mescan_Judo- February 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm
Is it just me or was the ref on the Prangley fight annoying as hell. Can't the refs just stfu when the guys are fighting. Every god-damn minute saying "action" or improve your position when the guys have only been on the ground for 10 seconds. Shit let the fighters fight!

They really need to look into changing the rules for eye pokes. That was utter bullshit, stopping the fight. Give the guy 5 minutes for fucks sake. Stupid refs and California commission. Fucking assholes are ruining events.


Why doesn't showtime show the full fight card like hdnet does? It would be great if they could show the whole fight card for once.

Charming Charlie- February 28, 2010 at 3:08 am
I can't find this event anywhere for download. Are you sure this is the right name?
kellyman- February 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Some of the reffing last night was better suited to Rio Heroes. Dan Stell, I'm looking in your direction.
failingev0lution- February 27, 2010 at 10:50 am
God DAMN Strikeforce needs better announcers. It would be awesome if they hired Bas Rutten. That way I could hear
"Oh, do you see those beautiful knees to the solar plexus! Yes, knee to the liver!" instead of:
"It looked like a low blow."
"He was hurt, not necessarily by the low blow."
Come on guys, those were some of the cleanest knees I've seen, not even close to low blows. Boo Strikeforce, your production values and announcing still need lots of work.
steampunk22- February 27, 2010 at 9:50 am
Kaufman fight was good, very smart, good technical striking, didn't take any chances.

Overall was a pretty boring card though, looks like the prelims were where the action was.
Phattousai- February 27, 2010 at 9:32 am
Luke Rockhold = Top 5 P4P Name for a fighter.
Ganja Man 10- February 27, 2010 at 9:25 am
1st! ooh yer!!