Sarah Kaufman: Fight with Ronda Rousey Will Be Huge

March 15, 2012
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Sarah Kaufman (by Arnold Lim)
The Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title resides with newly crowned champion Ronda Rousey, but former titleholder Sarah Kaufman plans to return the belt to Canada after the two meet later this year.

Kaufman seemed poised to take on Miesha Tate in a rematch for the Strikeforce women’s 135-pound title.  She holds a win over Tate, but Rousey bypassed Kaufman in line for the title through effective campaigning and creating a buzz around the match-up.  Rousey’s Olympic medal winning background in judo and undefeated MMA recorded didn’t hurt either.

Tate vs. Rousey headlined the March 3 Strikeforce event at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  Kaufman competed on the undercard, winning a hard-fought decision over Alexis Davis.  The win over Davis secured a title shot for the former champion, and Kaufman plans to return to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with belt in hand.

“The fight between Ronda and myself is a huge fight and I think it’s a great stylistic fight for me,” Kaufman told

“You know what Ronda’s going to do.  Ronda knows what I’m going to do.  It’s going to be who can do it better and I honestly don’t see her doing it better than I’m going to do to her.  So I’m looking for that title to come back to Victoria,” said Kaufman.

Leading up to her title bout with Tate, Rousey regularly fed the media with sound bites of smack talk.  Somewhere along the way it became personal.  Kaufman isn’t concerned with what is said leading up to the impending showdown.  She does her talking in the cage.

“You can’t have the same build-up for every fight.  If every build is, oh these two are, Ronda’s at it again. She’s shocking and Sarah is trash talking back; I think that gets old,” she said.

“It’s good to have the different type of characters if you will.  Ronda is a little bit more of a trash talker.  She’ll just say anything whereas I’m the person that’s going to say what I believe and say what I think is the truth, but in a little bit more of a calculated way — just a little bit more caution with the awareness of who my fans are and how I represent myself.  I think that’s a really good thing for the sport.  You get to see the different sides of people,” continued Kaufman.

“I’m this nice person and in the cage I’m an animal.  That’s what I want.  I want people to know me for my fighting.”

Kaufman wants to become known as a two-time Strikeforce champion.  She’s earned that opportunity.  All that stands in her way is Ronda Rousey.

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  • Ah, no

  • Ronda via first round arm bar. Mark my words. 😉

    • Lesnardo

      I concur

  • MikeHunt

    “Huge”? I guess two out of 5 of the only relevant female fighters in the universe are fighting its huge for them. The build up for the last fight was getting pretty annoying and already we have to hear about this one. What does the winner do? Fuck all, there’s no one else worth a shit to fight.

    • MrAdidas

      Isn’t that what they said to GSP & Anderson Silva … that there’s noone left to fight?!? There’s “always” someone else to fight … ALWAYS!

  • maddawgmar

    Maybe Rousey will rip off her arm and beat her with it. That might rearrange her jacked up teeth. You think that with Canada having free Medicare and dental care she could get her grill fixed.

  • fitefan

    I see this going past the second round. I see Kaufman’s striking keeping Rousy at distance. It isn’t going to be as easy to tangle up as it was with Tate. Tate’s stand up is bad.
    Rousy should be getting her first taste of real striking, we’ll see if she can take it like Davis did.
    Rousy’s stand up didn’t look all that great either, so if she charges in, I expect Kaufman to easily avoid and light her up with counter punches.

    • maddawgmar

      I agree that Kaufman has better hands than Tate. But I also believe Tate has better takedown defense than Kaufman. Tate is a wrestler and couldn’t stop Rousey. I don’t see Kaufman teeing off at will. Call it the GSP syndrome, she is gonna be too worried about the takedown that she won’t let her hands go. And get taken down anyway. Plus even though we haven’t seen it Rousey has cardio for days. To compete in Judo tourneys it take tons of cardio, and to do it in the olympics is even crazier.

      I see Kaufman landing some solid shots, but Rousey walkin her down til she gets the takedown and finishing it off.

  • How about they both go back to the kitchen.

  • kaufman will get her belt back and kinda off subject but weres joe duarte his last fight was a win against jg jorge gurgel in august 2011 come one strikeforce give this kid a fight against billy evangalista or carlo fodor or justin wilcox

  • Mario

    I like Sarah’s chances in this fight.

    I’m sure she learned her lesson after getting submitted by Coenen not to make that mistake again.

    Especially against Rousey.

  • Sarah kaufman won’t last as long as meisha did. Rousey will bull rush her right from the get go, and once ronda gets her hands on her, it’s over.

    What folks don’t realize about rousey is that she not only has incredible judo skills; she also has great strength for her size, and, great quickness.

    Sarah kaufman has not faced anyone with the skill set ronda rousey has; how could she? there’s no one else like her in women’s mma.

    1st round arm bar coming sarah kaufman’s way…