by Mitch Gobetz – MMAWeekly.com
Strikeforce will be returning to the Playboy Mansion on Sept. 20 to host its sixth show this year. The Playboy Mansion will probably hold the first title defense for newly crowned lightweight champion Josh Thomson, as well as a light heavyweight title fight for Bobby Southworth as he takes on Renato “Babalu” Sobral.
Also hoping to fight on that card is Miesha Tate, who made a very impressive debut for Strikeforce a few months ago. “I’m hoping, keeping my fingers crossed, that I’m going to make it on the Playboy Mansion show on Sept. 20,” said Tate in a recent interview on MMAWeekly Radio. “I’m still waiting to hear.”
She made her debut for Strikeforce back in June at the Melendez vs. Thomson show where she fought highly regarded female fighter Elaina Maxwell. Tate opened a lot of eyes at that show defeating Maxwell by unanimous decision.
While she waits to hear about her upcoming bout, she has also heard rumblings that Strikeforce wanted to sign her to a three-fight deal, however, nothing has been discussed personally with the 22-year-old. “I heard they wanted me to sign a three-fight contract,” commented Tate. “I haven’t heard anything really more about that. I wouldn’t say that I’m devoted to Strikeforce by any means yet. We would have to talk and work things out.”
If she and Strikeforce were not able to agree on terms, she’d be more than willing to compete in other organizations. EliteXC has had plenty of great fights with their women’s division and could have some compelling match-ups for Tate against fighters like Gina Carano, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos or Julie Kedzie.
However, the American Fight League has made a strong push to sign talent in women’s mixed martial arts including the addition of the widely regarded top female fighter in Tara Larosa. “I’d be totally down to take a fight in the AFL or any other organization, EliteXC… whatever is good for my career.”
Tate is 2-1 in mixed martial arts competition and has fought excellent opposition right out of the gate including Jan Finney, Kaitlin Young and the aforementioned Maxwell. Having an impressive resume to start her career, she would also like to one day fight the best in the world. “I would love to fight Tara someday because she’s undisputedly the No. 1 ranked female 135-pounder and the opportunity to fight her would be pretty cool.”