by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Strikeforce on Thursday announced the opening round pairings for Friday’s four-woman 135-pound contenders tournament.
Miesha Tate (9-2) will square off with Maiju Kujala (4-1) in one half of the bracket, while Carina Damm (15-3) and Hitomi Akano (15-7) face each other on the other side of the bracket.
The winner of Friday night’s tournament will be next in line to challenge for the Strikeforce women’s welterweight title after Sarah Kaufman and Marloes Coenen square off at a future event.
Strikeforce has yet to announce a date for the Kaufman vs. Coenen bout.