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Kim Couture, the wife of former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture, has withdrawn from her scheduled bout against Miesha Tate, which was slated to take place at the inaugural Sho MMA “Strikeforce Challengers” event next month.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.
NEW YORK (April 29, 2009)—Mixed martial arts (MMA) upstart Kim “Sugar Free” Couture (1-1) has withdrawn from the series debut of Strikeforce Challengers, scheduled for Friday, May 15. Couture was slated to face submission expert Miesha Tate (5-1) in a 135-pound fight. Strikeforce is working to replace the fight and finalize the card.
Strikeforce Challengers will take place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif, on Friday, May 15, and air live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The fight card, headlined by undefeated lightweight Billy Evangelista (9-0) versus BJ Penn protégé “Iron” Mike Aina (11-6-1), will feature up to five live bouts.
Strikeforce Challengers is a proving ground for up-and-coming MMA fighters. SHO MMA provides today’s top prospects with the opportunity to step-up their level of competition and demonstrate their ability in a nationally televised event.
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