First-round finishes highlight solid Strikeforce Challengers 20 card

MMA writers doing play-by-play for last night’s Strikeforce Challengers 20 event will likely be writing “Thank You” notes to a few of the fighters competing at the event after four of the five main card clashes ended in the opening round of action including the co-headliners taking a total of sixty-seven seconds to complete.

Among the victors was Ronda Rousey, a decorated grappler who won a medal in Judo at the Oylmpics. “Rowdy” Ronda found success in a familiar manner after locking on to Julia Budd‘s arm and cranking it until the referee was forced to stop their fight after Budd suffered obvious trauma to the limb. The win improved Rousey’s record to 4-0 with all of her wins coming by Armbar.

Here is full rundown of Strikeforce Challengers 20 results:

Andreas Spang def. Willie Parks via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Quinn Mullhern def. David Hulett via Unanimous Decision
Bobby Green def. James Reese via Submission Round 3 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Matt Ricehouse def. Bill Cooper via Unanimous Decision
Derek Brunson def. Nate James via Unanimous Decision
Trevor Smith def. T.J. Cook via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Adlan Amagov def. Anthony Smith via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Ronda Rousey def. Julia Budd via Technical Submission Round 1 (Armbar)
Lumumba Sayers def. Antwain Britt via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE

MMATraining Take: Rousey’s stock is quickly rising after her dominant, semi-disgusting result. I don’t fault her for breaking Budd’s arm since she hesitated at first while waiting for the tap. Once Budd made the decision to tough it out she paid the price, an attitude I absolutely respect in that there are hairy, fat, “tough” men out there who would have submitted or cried like a baby. She did neither. Other notes on the card – Brunson looked great and has a lot of raw talent and Britt is done as a “big show” fighter. All in all a great event from Challengers. Too bad it wasn’t promoted properly.

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