This is the Strikeforce live blog for all four preliminary bouts on tonight's Strikeforce card from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The undercard features Sarah Kaufman taking on Alexis Davis to determine who will next challenge for the Strikeforce 135-pound title against the winner of Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey.
Check out the live blog below.
Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
Davis makes her way down the ramp to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck." The former champ Kaufman walks out to "I Wanna Destroy You" by The Soft Boys.
Round 1: They fearlessly throw leather and Kaufman wins the exchange with a straight left. Kaufman lands on rights and lefts and Davis' face is already in a mess 90 seconds into this action-packed fight. Davis lands a head kick that doesn't bother Kaufman. Kaufman clinches, pushing Davis against the fence. They trade punches in tie-up and when they separate, the referee calls for a pause to have Davis examined. Davis has a nasty cut above her left eye but she's allowed to continue. Kaufman lands at will with punches, completely outboxing Davis. After a battle for position in clinch, Davis begins to land punches of her own, and elbows. Both ladies are covered in blood. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Kaufman.
Round 2: Kaufman methodically picks at Davis. In clinch, Davis exchanges knees to thigh with Kaufman. Kaufman pumps out her jab and Davis is doing a better job defending herself. Davis' best offense is in tieup, landing elbows. Kaufman wins the final exchange to close a taxing and grueling second round. MMA Fighting scores the second 10-9 for Kaufman.
Round 3: They go right at it and Davis counters with a knee in clinch. Kaufman catches Davis' kicks. Davis takes advantage of clinch by landing knees to the body. Kaufman continues to land jabs and straight rights. Davis brings the fight to the ground for the first time with a little over three minutes left in the fight. Davis lands punches in side control. Davis looks for an armbar but Kaufman steps over and is now in top. But Davis sweeps and she's in side mount again with 90 seconds left. Davis tries for Kaufman's back. Kaufman turns to put Davis in her halfguard. Davis continues to stay busy with punches, but she needs a finish. Kaufman holds on. MMA Fighting scores the third 10-9 for Davis and the fight 29-28 in favor of Kaufman in an awesome, awesome fight.
Kaufman wins by majority decision (29-28, 29-28 and 29-29)
Roger Bowling vs. Brandon Saling
Saling, sporting a Chuck Liddell look, makes his Strikeforce debut entering to "Walk Hard." Bowling walks out to "I Put It On For My City" by Young Jeezy.
Round 1: Bowling attacks with a leg kick that's almost caught. Bowling aims for the head this time and Saling counters with punches. Bowling and Saling exchange punches and it's Saling who arguably wins the trade. Fun slugfest. They trade wildly again and Bowling falls to the floor. He pops back up and takes down Saling. Bowling tries for an armbar, but loses the hold. Back up, Saling unloads on Bowling. Bowling grabs the Muay Thai clinch and lands knees to slow down Saling. Bowling scores his second takedown. Bowling lands left punches in crucifix/side control. With Saling stuck, Bowling bloodies him up with left elbows. Bowling takes full mount with six seconds left. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Bowling.
Round 2: Bowling immediately scores the takedown and works the ground and pound. Bowling beats up Saling with right hands while trapping Saling's arms. Dominant second round and the referee stops the fight.
Bowling wins via TKO (punches) - Round 2, 1:15
Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy
Healy is out first, entering to "It Was a Good Day" by Ice Cube. The undefeated Fodor out of AMC Pankration walks out to "Welcome to Jamrock" by Damien Marley.
Round 1: Healy soon attempts the takedown by clinching with Fodor. When they separate, Fodor lands a left and then rocks Healy with a right. Fodor takes Healy down with 2:53 into Healy's halfguard. Fodor throws punches and elbows as he tries to pass. Healy is bleeding from his nose. Healy escapes and trips Fodor for the takedown into Fodor's closed guard. Healy actively throws punches to try to win back the round. Fodor with wrist control and tries to trip Healy. Healy doesn't fall for it and continues to push forward. Healy's strong finish made this round close, but I give it to Fodor, still. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Fodor.
Round 2: Healy lands on punch combinations. Healy finds his range and proceeds to work for a takedown in clinch. Healy switches to a single-leg and he's working hard for it. Healy finally sits Fodor on his butt with a double and Healy advances to Fodor's halfguard. Healy passes to side mount and rains down left hands. Fodor escapes to halfguard. Healy gets in position for an arm-triangle. Healy passes to side control again with just over 30 seconds left. Healy takes full mount and drops punches and elbows. Fodor escapes to halfguard, but Healy is still able to score with strikes. MMA Fighting scores the second round 10-9 for Healy.
Round 3: Healy appears more comfortable on his feet. Fodor finds angles to connect on punches of his own. Healy drives in for the takedown and Fodor is on his back within the first minute of this final round. Healy advances to full mount with 3:44 left to work. Fodor escapes to halfguard. Healy peppers away with left hands. Healy attempts the arm-triangle choke again, but he needs to pass to side. Fodor escapes and in a last-ditch effort, looks for a heel hook. Healy calmly escapes and quickly secures an arm-triangle choke for the submission to hand Fodor his first career loss.
Healy wins by submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 3, 3:35
Heun of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu has rubber guard specialist Eddie Bravo in his corner. Meanwhile, Ryan has his father UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture in his corner.
Round 1: Heun claims center of the cage as Couture pumps out jabs to measure the distance. Heun appears to be aiming for a counter power left hook. They clinch at 3:27 and battle for position. Couture lands a nice knee in clinch. Heun tries a right elbow as he pushes Couture off. Couture is winning on strikes, landing a straight right and also a kick to the body. Heun scores the takedown at 1:38. Couture immediately throws his right leg across for a triangle choke and Heun defends with a slam. Couture looks for the omoplata and ends up back on his feet. Heun scores a second takedown and moves into Couture's halfguard. Heun tries for a choke that lifts the two back to a stand up fight. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Couture.
Round 2: Heun has a cut under his left eye. Heun comes out more aggressive throwing jabs and lead hooks. Heun tries a spinning heel kick that looks cool, but doesn't do much damage. Couture, who has the reach advantage, finds a home again with his straight right. Heun goes for an ankle pick, but Couture escapes. Heun scores a big takedown at 3:18 and Couture hips out right away for a kimura to attack Heun's left shoulder. Heun drops elbows and punches to Couture's ribs as he tries to pass into side control. Couture releases the kimura and switches to a triangle/armbar. Heun escapes and applies a choke, standing. Couture dumps Heun on the floor and takes Heun's back with 1:22 left in the round. Couture is too high up and he slides off. Back to clinch and Heun pulls rubber guard. The round ends with Heun trying to pull Couture into his rubber guard. MMA Fighting scores the second round 10-9 for Couture.
Round 3: Heun looks weary and Couture hits him with a straight right. Couture closes the distance and takes down Heun. Heun digs for kimura, giving Couture a taste of his own medicine. However, Couture climbs to full mount at 3:20. Heun walks the fence, but Couture turns with him to stay on top. Couture takes Heun's back and flattens him out. Couture finishes with unanswered punches for the referee stoppage.
Couture wins via TKO (punches) - Round 3, 2:52