With Gina Carano and Cris "Cyborg" Santos now absent from the world of women's MMA, a March 3 matchup between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey will now serve as a platform for one of them to become the new face of the female side of the sport.
Still away from the game due to acting commitments, Carano gave her take on the Tate-Rousey matchup and discusses her excitement about a bout that should be an exciting one.
“I completely thought that Marloes Coenen was going to win in that last fight against Miesha, so I was really impressed with Miesha. I think Miesha Tate works really hard and I think a lot of people thought Marloes was going to win that fight, so I think she gained a lot of respect from a lot of people. I don’t think we can underestimate her anymore. She’s a legit opponent.”
“I think it’s really cool that Ronda’s an Olympic athlete. She’s been a part of a lot of competitions, she’s got the drive, and obviously she’s got the skill,” Carano stated. “Not one of her fights has gone out of the first round, so I think it’s going to be really interesting to see. Both of those women are hard workers and have stronger personalities. I hope that it does well. I’m super excited about it.”
Carano also states in the article that she has been hesitant to attend some women's fights live in fear of taking the spotlight of off the fighters because the cameras could focus on her in the crowd. Here's to hoping that she does decide to be in Columbus, Ohio next month for what will be a passing of the torch so to speak.
"I put in my time and, being the former champ and having had two fights since the only loss of my career, I've definitely earned the right to fight Miesha Tate and fight for the 135-pound title with Strikeforce. Then there's Ronda, who's only been fighting for a year. Granted, she has her judo experience, but she hasn't fought anyone of a high caliber. She's fought at 145 pounds, hasn't even competed at 135 pounds at all, and for her to be given the opportunity to fight for the title, it's pretty ridiculous. She's scared to fight Cyborg, for sure, and understandably. Cyborg is a formidable fighter. But if you're saying you want a title, it shouldn't matter whether it's at 145 or 135. Now she's backpedaling and saying, 'Oh, I want Cyborg to come to 135.' Or maybe she'll do it as a catchweight. Or maybe in four or five fights. She's pretty much just pushing the fight off, clearly running from it."
Former Strikeforce bantamweight women's champion Sarah Kaufman expresses her feelings to MMA Fighting concerning Ronda Rousey's recently granted title shot against reigning title holder Miesha Tate for a yet-to-be-announced event in March.
Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will put her title on the line for the first time against undefeated Olympic judoka Ronda Rousey at the organization's planned return to Columbus, Ohio on March 3.
The fight card will emanate from the Nationwide Arena and coincide with the annual Arnold Sports Festival, with has focused on celebrating mixed martial arts and bodybuilding for the last handful of years. This will mark the second straight year that Strikeforce has held an event alongside the festival.
Despite continual speculation that Strikeforce will make like other Zuffa-owned organizations and fold into the UFC in the very near future, longtime promotional figurehead Scott Coker still has hope for his creation.
Reports were published earlier this week that the organization was set to renew its contract with Showtime, albeit under some different terms. According to Coker, negotiations are ongoing, but nothing has been signed yet.
"There’s nothing to announce but I’m optimistic at this point," Coker said on a Tuesday conference call to promote Strikeforce's next event on December 17. "We’ll have to wait and see. I think that things are going well and I think that we’ll have something shortly.
Marloes Coenen. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.
Marloes Coenen will defend her Strikeforce women's 135 lb title against top contender Miesha Tate at the organization's March 5 show at the Nationwide Center in Columbus, OH.
Tate announced the matchup on her Facebook page late Sunday. Strikeforce is expected to formally announce the bout this week.
The event will also feature a men's light heavyweight championship match between current belt holder Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante and former PRIDE two-division champion Dan Henderson.
CONTROVERSIAL BLOW DISQUALIFIES BILLY EVANGELISTA FROM MAIN EVENT MATCHUP WITH MIKE AINA, UNBEATEN SARAH KAUFMAN OUTPOINTS MIESHA TATE
FRESNO, Calif. – Previously unbeaten hometown favorite Billy Evangelista lost by disputed, controversial second-round disqualification to Mike Aina Friday in the main event of the inaugural Strikeforce Challengers telecast on Showtime.
At the finish, neither fighter was satisfied with the outcome at the Save Mart Center.
Evangelista (9-1), of Fresno, was disqualified for “intentionally” kneeing Aina (12-6-1), of Hilo, Hawaii, in the head while the Hawaiian fighter was down. The rule is a fighter can knee a downed opponent to the body, but not the head.
Sarah Kaufman. Photo by Mike Renouard/Northwest Fight Scene.
NEW YORK — Undefeated power puncher Sarah Kaufman (8-0) will fill the void left by Kim “Sugar Free” Couture and throw down with fellow rising star Miesha Tate (6-1) in a 135-pound contest during the Showtime televised portion of the inaugural Strikeforce Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., on Friday, May 15.
Couture’s withdrawal last week created an ideal opportunity for the 23-year-old Kaufman, who is in fighting form after stopping Sara Schneider in the second round of their matchup on April 23. Kaufman has never been taken the distance in a professional fight.
“I’m very excited about this fight because I’ve been hearing about Miesha Tate for quite a while,” said Kaufman, a former dancer who hails from British Columbia, Canada. “I know she has good wrestling and she’s been pretty active. She’s probably going to want to take the fight to the ground and I’ll want to stay standing so it should be an interesting matchup.”
Punching and kicking opponents is a far cry from Kaufman’s former passion. She’s been dancing since the ripe age of two. At eight years old, the five-foot, five-inch Kaufman joined a dance company and soon after began performing in musicals, dancing to everything from ballet to jazz to hip-hop.
Kim Couture. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
Kim Couture, the wife of former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture, has withdrawn from her scheduled bout against Miesha Tate, which was slated to take place at the inaugural Sho MMA “Strikeforce Challengers” event next month.
Strikeforce officially announced the change this morning. According to a press release that was sent out to the media, the promotion is “working to replace the fight and finalize the card”, meaning that there remains a chance that a replacement opponent may not be able to be found for Tate in time for the show.
A reason for Couture’s withdrawal was not given, but a recent bulletin put out by Tate via her MySpace account (which has since been removed) suggests that the Couture’s may be having marital problems. I won’t speculate on that at all. This isn’t TMZ.
The press release can be seen in full after the jump.