Davis lost to Kaufman in her professional MMA debut in 2007. Their paths crossed again five years later in 2012 in the Strikeforce promotion where Kaufman squeaked out a majority decision.
Kaufman looked well on her way to a third win over Davis after the opening round in Montreal on Saturday. She dictated the pace and landed her right hand consistently. She delivered crisp combinations and landed with counter strikes.
Davis took her corner’s advice between rounds and made adjustments in the second frame. She stopped moving to her left into Kaufman’s right hand and began landed body kicks.
Davis secured a takedown and quickly mounted Kaufman. She applied a triangle choke, but Kaufman defended the submission attempt. Davis transitioned to an armbar and rolled to her stomach. Kaufman was forced to tap out.
It didn’t take Kaufman long to start tapping when Davis rolled and extended her arm, but the referee wasn’t in proper position to see Kaufman tapping with her fingers.
“You’re in the fight. I feel bad that I didn’t feel the tapping and the ref didn’t see, but she’s tough. I didn’t want to stop,” said Davis about the finish of the fight.
“That was a different Sarah Kaufman than I thought would come out. She came out very strong and used a lot more tools than I thought she was going to,” she said. “I told myself this time I was going to stay calm and not rush in like I usually do.”
Davis avenged the two losses to Kaufman and bounced back from a disappointing 16-second knockout loss to champion Ronda Rousey in her previous outing at UFC 175.
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