It wasn’t an exciting match, but #1 ranked 135 pounder Sarah Kaufman (11-0) did what she set out to do – win the newly created Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight title.
Kaufman took #2 ranked Takayo Hashi (12-2) through a five round stand-up fight; something that Hashi wanted, at least initially. The first round saw Kaufman knock down Hashi a few times, with Hashi immediately getting up. This would be a reoccurring theme throughout the match. The second round was slower, with both exchanging punches and picks, with Kaufman landing more shots.
The third round saw another knockdown by Kaufman, which Hashi recovered from quickly. Hashi tried for a takedown, but was stuffed by Kaufman. The last two rounds saw Hashi and Kaufman exchange, with Kaufman getting more points from her jab. Hashi tried more takedowns, which were all defended by Kaufman.
The scorecards gave all five rounds to Kaufman, who admitted Hashi was a lot harder to land combinations on.
“It was really hard to get a lot of clean shots consecutively on her, mostly because she had good movement,” said Kaufman after the fight. “I’m sorry to the fans if it wasn’t as fast-paced as my fights normally are. I just couldn’t do any more than I did.”
No word on who will be Kaufman’s first title defense, but # 3 ranked Roxanne Modafferi and the winner of the Freestyle Cage Fight tournament would be possibilities.