Strikeforce Firms Up Tate vs. Rousey Fight Card

January 17, 2012
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Strikeforce on Tuesday made its March 3 event for Columbus, Ohio, official. Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey takes place at the Nationwide Arena the same weekend as the Arnold Sports Festival.

The card was originally expected to feature the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix final between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier, but a women’s bantamweight title tilt between champion Miesha Tate and challenger Ronda Rousey will now headline the card.

The Tate-Rousey bout is the most anticipated women’s fight since Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano in 2009.

Tate (12-2) is the more experienced fighter, having faced nearly all the top competitor’s in the 135-pound division. She fought her way through a four-woman tournament before capturing the title from Marloes Coenen last July.

She wanted her first defense to be against Sarah Kaufman, one of only two fighters to defeat her, so that she might avenge the loss, but Rousey has been on fire, streaking into contendership.

Rousey (4-0) is an Olympic bronze medalist in Judo from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but has fought like a Gold medalist in her mixed martial arts career. Combining her amateur MMA career with her professional resume, Rousey has fought seven times, submitting every single opponent by armbar. More remarkably, however, is that each victory has clocked in at less than one minute.

The two headline a Strikeforce fight card that also features Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki in a welterweight showdown, Josh Thomson vs. KJ Noons at lightweight, and Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis in a bantamweight bout that will likely determine the next contender to whoever wins between Tate and Rousey.

Tickets for Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey go on sale to UFC Fight Club members on Wednesday, Strikeforce newsletter subscribers on Thursday, and the general public on Friday.

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  • Boobies

  • MikeMc1983

    Lol @ boobies,

    Maybe we could get a petition going to have the entire cage floor covered in baby oil before the fight?
    Well it was a thought…

  • Wow this card sucks

    • RonnieV

      Thomson vs. Noons could be a good fight

      • MikeMc1983

        You wouldn’t have to search down the card for entertainment if you guys helped with the petition. 😉

  • Mario

    This is a good card!

    Quit complaining.

  • VitoCapone

    This is a weak card. Didn’t ZUFFA buy this sad promotion. Shouldn’t it be alittle better than this. SF used to be pretty good before ZUFFA bought it and took all the big names and top-shelf talent. It’s only a matter of time guys. Last event, $70,000 gate with a $550,000 payout. SF need to make money or it will be in the MMA history books like PRIDE. The last card was weak as well. Jardine? come on. How many more times does this guy need to do the jitterbug on the mat?? And then Mo. His trained says “He had a non-anabolic steroid shot.” The word STEROID may have been a good indication to go a different route.