Strikeforce Confirms Tate vs. Rousey for Ohio

January 8, 2012
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Miesha Tate
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. 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.

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  • alhmiel

    Two good looking girls matched up should be good for woman’s MMA. ugly woman fighting has no appeal. Cyborg is a man and kaufman is too plain looking.

  • fitefan

    Sadly, it’s true that womem’s MMA needs to have an ‘attractive’ value incoorporated into it.
    That doesn’t say much for the male gender now does it?
    I’d like to see women’s MMA for the sake of seeing a fight. I don’t expect them to perform to the same level as men. But it is still a showcasing of skills.
    These chicks still kick the ass of an avg man. It’s better than watching some of these tough man constests of flailing flabbery.

  • alhmiel

    plain unattractive girls fighting is worthless to the sport and MMA. there is no appeal for ugly woman to fight. sara kaufman offers nothing to mma and is dull. Santos is half man as a future check-up will disclose. If woman’s MMA is to survive it will be with an attractive array the of fighters that the fans want to see and look at. Listen to Dana White he made the Rousey-Tate fight for ratings and appeal. because they are both attractive and talented. DUH???

    • fitefan

      Go watch women’s mud wrestling for your eye candy.

      Attractive chicks pulling hair with no fighting skill is bad for MMA. ANd yes, it will adversly affect mens MMA too if that’s what it comes to.

      Unnatractive girls fighting with proper MMA technique is good for the sport.

      Besides how long do you expect an attractive women to stay attractive in a full contact combat sport? Broke noses, missing teeth, scarred faces.

      FYI. Rousy may be young and cute, but her body is a bit bland. She’s no octagon girl.
      And Tate may have a nicer build, but there isn’t enough make-up to hide that hooked nose.

      And Dana only promotes what generates revenue. He isn’t strictly for the sport of MMA. Or he would support women’s MMA. His job is to increase revenue. Anything else he does along the way is a convenient coincidence.

      Try to pull yourself out of the shallow waters of male puberty and quit talking like you are the representative of all male MMA fans.

  • alhmiel

    UFC just told Sara Kaufman you are too unattractive to be champ and too dull and boring. Rousey and tate is what the fans want to watch. Dana is brilliant Rousey will sell tickets. Kaufamn and cyborg are hard on the eyes and unattractive. Tate has little chance against Rousey. Cyborg is finished and will become a full time man.

  • alhmiel

    Rousey sells tickets. kaufman sells nothing but boredom. cyborg is a machine a dude.