It’s been 14 months since Canadian Sarah Kaufman’s showdown with then Strikeforce champion (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey and the loss still rankles.
It’s a bitter memory that refuses to exit her head.
The unbeaten Rousey, who now rules the UFC women’s bantamweight division, did what she does best. The former Olympic judo bronze medalist got her mitts on Kaufman at the fence and took her down.
Kaufman fought off Rousey’s signature armbar move several times, but eventually had to tap.
It took just 54 seconds.
“I think for me the biggest disappointment in that fight was that I didn’t fight,” said Kaufman, who described herself as “extremely embarrassed” at the post-fight news conference. “To me it wasn’t even a fight. I could have had zero training and probably fought better.
“I don’t know why I fought like that. I’ve thought about it a lot … at the end of the day it’s fight, it’s a minute. It was a minute out of my life that changed my career a lot. I do think about it a lot, but again there’s not much that I could (do) — well there’s nothing I can do about it.”
The 28-year-old from Victoria makes her UFC debut Saturday against Jessica (Evil) Eye at UFC 166 in Houston. Cain Velasquez defends his heavyweight title against former champion Junior Dos Santos in the main event at the Toyota Center.