On Friday, Rousey and Kaufman hit the scales to make the 135lb mark needed to make their fight official.
Both fighters weighed in with no problems as Rousey definitely got the loudest ovation from the San Diego crowd in attendance. Speaking after she hit her mark at 135lbs, Rousey isn’t looking at this fight as her first title defense – she’s looking at it like going for for the title for the first time all over again.
“They tried handing me the belt at the press conference, and I didn’t want to hold it because I mean if anyone walked into the World Judo Championships holding their belt from the last year, everyone would have looked at them like they were a fool. I’m not going to walk in there and pretend like I have an extra score because I won my last fight. I’m coming in here blank, and I’m coming in here like I’m earning this belt again for the first time,” Rousey said.
Her opponent Sarah Kaufman also weighed in with no problem, and knows going into this fight that Rousey can’t match her on the feet. Now it’s her mission to keep the fight standing.
“Not at all, I mean she’s ready to come out and fight and I know that, but her striking is still not up to my par, just like my judo is not up to her par,” said Kaufman about Rousey’s stand-up acumen. “I’m looking forward to bringing that belt back to Canada.”
All of the other fighters made weight as well with no incidents.
STRIKEFORCE: ROUSEY VS. KAUFMAN WEIGH-IN RESULTS
Ronda Rousey (135) vs. Sarah Kaufman (134)
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SHOWTIME EXTREME PRELIMINARY CARD:
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