Sarah Kaufman rampage’s through Roxanne Modaferri
It was a solid technical fight – crisp striking from Sarah Kaufman, solid grappling from Roxanne Modaferri, dirty boxing from both – until the last 15 seconds of the third round. That’s when the undefeated Strikeforce women’s 135-pound champ finished her opponent in dramatic, spectacular, bone-jarring fashion, pancaking her to the canvas and into unconsciousness.
It’s one of the most incredible ends to a women’s bout ever and the kind of highlight reel finish you expect in men’s MMA (or possibly from a Cris “Cyborg” Santos fight). Simply put: that was one hell of a power slam. Bombs-a-way!
Kaufman had complained about being stuck on a Strikeforce Challengers card for four consecutive fights and made it clear she intended to use this fight to make a point – that she deserved (and rightly so) to be on the roster for a Strikeforce regular card. Consider the point made.
Taking a more macro view, it’s also a finish that will silence some of the naysayers and help further entrench women’s MMA into the mainstream. Let’s not underestimate its significance in this regard. Women’s MMA needs great fighters, great personalities and great fights to become more accepted. Knocking out Modaferri should make the rest of the MMA world wake up.