In what has to be one of the most anticipated women’s title fights since Cris Cyborg met Gina Carano in 2009, Strikeforce bantamweight women’s champion Miesha Tate will meet former Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey for the title on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.
Sources close to the contest confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
Ronda Rousey has made a meteoric rise in MMA in her brief stint in the sport. A former Olympic bronze medalist in Judo, Rousey burst onto the scene in 2011 and racked up four wins in a row.
She most recently defeated Julia Budd in Strikeforce in only 39 seconds, and immediately called for a fight with champion Miesha Tate.
The sparks began to fly at that point with Rousey and Tate going back and forth in interviews and over Twitter.
It now appears Rousey will get her wish and face Tate in her first title defense in March. Tate captured the belt last year when she defeated Marloes Coenen in July as part of the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson card in Chicago.
A winner of six fights in a row, Tate now faces Rousey in what will be a marquee match-up on the March 3 Strikeforce card headed for Columbus, Ohio, at the Nationwide Arena.