In earlier action, Ovince St. Preux won via knockout and Anthony Smith submitted Lumumba Sayers via triangle choke in the first round.
Most notably, Miesha Tate made an amazing return to Strikeforce, ironically finishing Julie Kedzie with a last round armbar. Not bad for Tate who was taken out of action by Ronda Rousey just 5 months ago via the same submission.
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman
Winner: Rousey via armbar submission (Round 1 - 0:54)
Round 1 - It's officially Showtime! Jimmy Lennon Jr. makes the introductions and this fight is on! The ladies look mean out of the gate with Rousey pressing the action. We're grappling out of the gate and on the ground. Rousey takes full mount immediately and the assassin is tugging on Kaufman's arm. They're rolling around the cage like a snowball, but doom is coming. Fast. After about 1 minute, Kaufman can no longer keep her arm against her chest. The arm straightens. The arm starts to bend the wrong way. Sarah Kaufman taps.
Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza vs. Derek Brunson
Winner: 'Jacare' Souze via Knockout
Round 1 - Nuff said. Jacare really must have had an appointment somewhere because he dropped Brunson like a sack of potatoes. Less than a minute into the first round Jacare clocked Brunson with a right hook that hit Brunson like a train. Lights out! It's time for the title fight.
Roger Bowling vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Winner: Tarec Saffiedine by unanimous decision
Round 3 - The stats are dead even but this fight is coming down to heart. Everytime Bowling comes at Saffiedine with a combination, Saffiedine punishes Bowling with a knee or kick. Saffiedine definitely is coming across as the tactician, but Bowling's gutting it out despite his clear exhaustion. With the fight so close it's coming down to the wire and each fighter is looking for their 3rd consecutive win.