Sayers Ruins Britt’s Middleweight Debut at Strikeforce Challengers 20
By: Tristen Critchfield Nov 19, 2011
After a 16-fight professional MMA career spent at 205 pounds,
Britt looked the part of an imposing physical specimen in his
inaugural venture to middleweight.
Sayers wasn't impressed with his opponent's transformation,
however. The Grapplers Edge product didn't take long to give Britt
(11-6) a rude welcome to his new weight class, knocking out the
Virginian in just 28 seconds in the Strikeforce
Challengers 20 main event at the Palms Casino Resort in Las
Vegas on Friday night.
Sayers (5-2) looked for a takedown in the bout's initial moments,
and when that failed the two combatants briefly clinched against
the cage. Sayers launched his assault as he broke away from Britt,
connecting with a short right hook that had “The Juggernaut”
reeling. A powerful uppercut sealed the deal, giving Sayers the
first knockout victory of his career. His previous four triumphs
had come via submission.
It was Britt's third straight defeat, and just the second time he
has been knocked out in a 17-fight MMA tenure.
With the swift finish of Britt bolstering his resume, Sayers said
he won't be picky regarding his next opponent.
“Whatever they put in front of me, we're gonna take one fight at a
time. Whatever they put in front of me, I'm gonna handle it,”
Sayers said. “Whatever Strikeforce puts in front of me, we've got
it going in.”
Rousey Armbars Budd, Aims for Title Fight
Four fights into her professional mixed martial arts career,
Rousey is becoming downright predictable in the cage.
Unfortunately for her opponents, the Olympic judo bronze medalist’s
plan of attack doesn’t seem to be getting any less effective.
Budd became the fourth victim of Rousey’s notorious armbar,
succumbing to the hold just 39 seconds into the first round of
their 145-pound bout. It wasn’t the quickest victory of Rousey’s
career -- a 25-second victory over Sarah D’Alelio at Challengers 18
retains that honor -- but the Santa Monica, Calif., native was
happy with the result nonetheless.
“I got tagged a couple of times, but that was really good. I’m
stoked, I’m glad you guys are cheering for me this time,” Rousey
said, addressing the crowd at the Palms.
Rousey (4-0) wasted little time in clamping her signature move on
the muay Thai specialist, and Budd had no chance at defending her
aggressive foe. Cageside doctors quickly surrounded Budd (2-2) at
the conclusion of the bout, as the Canadian’s right arm appeared to
be badly dislocated by the torque of the submission.
Recently Rousey has expressed an interest in moving down in weight
to set up a showdown with Strikeforce 135-pound champion Miesha Tate,
and she reiterated those plans after the bout.
“That’s still what I want to do,” she said. “I really want to have
a title fight against Miesha Tate.”
Amagov Rocks Smith, Earns First-Round
A vicious right hand made a short night’s work for Adlan Amagov,
as the Russian striker earned a technical knockout victory over
Smith at 2:32 of the first round in their catch-weight
The fight began with both men swinging wildly before the Russian
took his opponent to the ground with a single leg. Smith’s
defensive guard forced a standup, and that is where Amagov was able
to assert his will. A right hook followed by a left uppercut
appeared to daze the Omaha, Neb., native. The decisive right hand
soon followed, and Amagov (9-1-1) was quick to pounce and finish
the fight with a flurry of strikes on his downed opponent.
“It’s something I was planning to do, I was looking for either a
knockout or submission,” Amagov said through a translator following
Originally scheduled to be contested at middleweight, the bout was
held at a 188-pounds when Smith (14-8) failed to make weight. He
forfeited 20 percent of his purse to Amagov.
Smith Chokes Out Cook in Opening
Smith has shown an affinity for the guillotine choke in his
career, and he notched his fourth such victory against T.J. Cook in a
light heavyweight scrap. The end came at 4:28 of the opening round,
as Smith was able to suffocate his opponent with the choke from
Smith improved to 9-1 with the victory -- with eight of those
triumphs coming via tap out. Cook (12-4) had no answers for the
physical wrestling of Smith. The loss marked the end of a
five-fight winning streak for the 29 year old.
According to Smith, the bout went as expected.
“That’s pretty much the gameplan,” he said. “It’s just weather the
slow start and get on top and submit everybody.”
The visibly larger Brunson (9-0) controlled the fight from the
outset, taking James (13-8-1) down three times in the first five
minutes. The North Carolina native failed to do much with the
position, however, as James was able to get back to his feet
repeatedly. Brunson was more impressive in round two, slamming
James to the canvas with a suplex early and threatening his
opponent with rear-naked chokes throughout the frame. James’ lone
highlight of the round came when he rolled into a kneebar attempt,
but Brunson was able to escape unscathed.
Brunson showcased his striking early in the final frame, flooring
American Kickboxing Academy product with a straight left hand.
He punctuated the victory with a high-crotch takedown in the
round’s final moments.
In preliminary card action, Matt
Ricehouse (6-0) took a unanimous decision over Bill Cooper
(2-1) at lightweight, while Bobby Green
(17-5) submitted American Top Team's James Reese
(5-2) with a rear-naked choke at the 2:25 mark of round one in
their 155-pound tussle.