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Default Falling Action: Best and Worst of Tate vs. Rousey

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Mar 5, 2012 - Once again, the female fighters stole the show on a Strikeforce Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio. Now we sort through the aftermath for the biggest winners, losers, and everything in between.

Biggest Winner: Ronda Rousey
Turns out she was ready for this level of competition after all. The outspoken Olympic medalist showed Tate that thereís more to this judo stuff than you can learn in just a couple months. Once the fight hit the floor, Rousey overpowered and outmaneuvered Tate with shocking ease. Even when Tate knew to look out for the armbar, she couldnít stay out of it. Thatís not to say there arenít still some holes in Rouseyís game -- the way she seems to lead with her chin on the feet, for instance -- but anyone who can submit Tate that easily and that brutally is someone whoís going to give future challengers a lot of sleepless nights. She may have talked her way into this fight, but her performance proved she belongs. Now womenís MMA has the kind of brash champion it needs to shake things up. Up to this point, female fighters have tended to play it a little too nice outside the cage, possibly because they all felt themselves to be a part of the same struggle. Rousey just skipped to the front of the line by stepping on her predecessorsí backs, and now she might be hard to dislodge from that top spot. Things are getting interesting, in other words. Just in time, too.

Biggest Loser: Miesha Tate
First of all, how is her arm not broken? How is that even possible? Rousey had her arm looking like Olive Oyl in the old Popeye cartoons by the time she tapped, and youíre telling me that the bones in a human arm can withstand that? This changes everything I thought I knew about the human body, and I'm not sure I like that. Itís got to be a bummer for Tate to go down to the same submission that Rousey used on every other opponent, so I can understand her reluctance to tap to it. Still, itís one thing to hold on if youíre working for an escape or trying to ride out the round. Tate was doing neither during that final armbar. She refused to tap out of pure stubbornness, which is kind of cool, I guess, but also very risky when you need a working arm just to stay employed. You canít question Tateís toughness after that fight, but maybe you can question whether she was adequately prepared for Rouseyís judo throws. Even if her arm isnít actually broken, my guess is she might still get some doctor-mandated time off to think about where things went wrong.

Least Impressive in Victory: Josh Thomson
At least he gave us an honest appraisal of his own lackluster performance. "It was s--t," he said in his post-fight interview. Yeah, that pretty much nails it. He did what he had to do to get the decision over KJ Noons, but thatís all. He made things slightly better for himself by owning up to the boring monotony of the whole thing, kind of like how obese comedians have learned to make fun of their own girth just to beat other people to the punch. Trouble is, you can only take that out that so many times before people start to wonder why you donít do something about it. Thomson blamed his training, which he said heíd altered just so he could finally get through a camp without getting injured. Apparently it didnít leave him with enough gas in the tank to do much more than hold Noons down. There has to be a happy medium between not training hard enough and training so hard you canít get out of bed in the morning. Plenty of other fighters seem to find it. Why canít Thomson?

Most Surprising: Kazuo Misaki
Coming into this fight, I thought all Misaki had to offer was a head hard enough to take Paul Daleyís brain-scrambling punches. Turned out he had a lot more than that, and Daley had a lot less. Misaki earned that decision, and I think everyone but Daley (and one of the three judges) knew it. It just goes to show that sometimes you donít need one spectacular attribute to win a fight. Sometimes toughness and technique is enough. Of course, it helps if your opponent tries to rely too much of a grappling game that just isnít there.

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