Tate to Defend Against Rousey on March 3

Miesha Tate. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

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 bout was first reported by MMA Weekly and Gateway MMA, citing sources close to the event. MMA on Tap has since been able to confirm the matchup as well.

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.

Tate enters the bout on a six-fight win streak. The Team Alpha Male member knocked off Maiju Kujala and Hitomi Akano in a four-girl, one-night tournament in August 2010 to earn a shot at the durable Marloes Coenen, whom Tate submitted with a fourth-round arm-triangle choke last July.

Rousey has won all four of her professional bouts to date, all by submission. She was last seen at a Strikeforce Challengers event in November. forcing Julia Budd to tap to an armbar just 39 seconds into the proceedings. The total duration of her four pro bouts is just under two minutes.

The finals of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix are also rumored to be taking place at this event, pitting former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett against rising prospect and former NCAA champion wrestler Daniel Cormier.


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