It will be a grudge match in Ohio when Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate faces Ronda Rousey on March 3 at the promotion’s next major event.
MMAWeekly.com first reported the match-up earlier this week. Strikeforce officials on Saturday night confirmed the booking.
It’s been several months since Tate took the title from previous champion Marloes Coenen, and she’s just been awaiting her first title defense.
Now she has it despite not believing that Ronda Rousey truly deserves to be there.
It was after a bone-crunching submission win over Julia Budd that moved Rousey to 4-0 that the former Olympic medalist in Judo called Tate out and said they needed to meet in the near future. A media frenzy ensued and in short order Rousey gets her wish.
Despite the fact that she doesn’t believe Rousey earned the shot, Tate is happy to give her a loss and send her packing for her troubles.
“She kind of talked herself into a title fight. I’m going to be very excited to send her back to where she belongs,” said Tate emphatically. “The back of the line.”
The bout between Tate and Rousey will likely garner co-main event status for the card, assuming the other major fight will be the finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.