Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate Confirmed for Strikeforce in Ohio March 5

January 30, 2011

Miesha Tate and Elaina Maxwell Strikeforce

Miesha Tate blasting Elaina Maxwell

It appears the first ever Strikeforce event in Ohio will have two title fights heading the fight card as Marloes Coenen will defend her welterweight championship against Miesha Tate in the co-main event for the night.

Tate confirmed the fight via her personal Twitter page on late Sunday night.

“It’s confirmed my fight is set for March 5th in Columbus OH vs Marloes Coenen for my shot at the Strikeforce 135lb title,” she wrote.

The bout has been rumored for the card for some time now, but it looks like it’s a done deal for the Columbus show taking place at the Nationwide Arena in early March.

Strikeforce officials responding to could not confirm the bout between Coenen and Tate, but it’s believed that verbal agreements are in place for the title fight.

Miesha Tate (11-2) earned the shot at Coenen’s title by winning a one-night tournament in Strikeforce last August.

Coenen (18-4) won the 135-pound title by defeating previously undefeated champion Sarah Kaufman in October, and this will be her first title defense.

The card in Ohio will be headlined by another title fight as Rafael “Fejiao” Cavalcante will make the first defense of his light heavyweight championship against Dan Henderson.

More fights are expected to be announced by the promotion in the coming weeks.