"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.