Strikeforce was a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion based in the United States, and led by Scott Coker, current president of Bellator MMA.
The company operated from 1985 to 2013, providing MMA fighters, events and moments that will go down in history. In MMA.uno we will take a look at the different names that left an important mark on the pages of this sport.
Ronda Rousey has undoubtedly been one of the most influential characters in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Beyond his resounding success as an athlete, he opened the doors to women at the top of the sport.
He came to Strikeforce in 2011, after winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Judo) and after being undefeated in MMA, after five victories (2 pro, 3 amateur) by submission in the first round.
After winning her first three fights in the promotion (145-150 lbs), Ronda Rousey (4-0) made her bantamweight debut (135 lbs) and won the world championship defeating a much more experienced Miesha Tate (12-2), with victories against Marloes Coenen, Zoila Frausto, among others.
By then, Rousey had five straight professional victories, all by submission (arm lever). Your first defense against Sarah Kaufman it was successful, same route, arm lever the first round.
Rousey’s impact on MMA transcended the sport itself, changing her mind to Dana White, who in 2011 claimed that women would never fight in the UFC. Rousey joined the UFC in 2013, where she was undefeated in six fights, with wins over figures like Miesha Tate, Sara mcmann and Cat zingano. The rest we already know.
Rousey left Strikeforce flawlessly, she was never defeated, she always dominated, and even more importantly, she achieved the inclusion of the female branch in the sport, with an importance on par with her male counterpart.