Who Gets the Next Shot at Miesha Tate…Kaufman or Rousey?

December 26, 2011

Miesha Tate
The dilemma.

No, it’s not just the 2011 movie starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, it’s also the predicament Strikeforce matchmakers are currently in deciding who gets the next shot at bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.

Will it be former champion Sarah Kaufman or Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey?

It appears that the decision will be made in the next week or so, but nothing is set in stone yet, which means it could be either one.

Speaking to MMAWeekly Radio, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker says that he believes both fights are likely to happen in 2012, but which one happens first, well that’s where the tough decision comes in.

It sounds like for right now, however, things are leaning in Rousey’s direction.

“That’s still up in the air. That’s something I’ll be talking to Sean (Shelby) about next week, but that fight could happen before the summertime in 2012,” Coker said in reference to Rousey vs. Tate.

At 4-0, Ronda Rousey is one of the top prospects in the women’s division. She’s been a finishing machine so far in her young career, and when you tack on her Olympic experience along with being called the “Chael Sonnen of women’s MMA,” she’s a star on the rise.

Meanwhile, there’s also former champion Sarah Kaufman.

Kaufman is a one-time Strikeforce champion, and also holds a win over Miesha Tate from their fight in 2009. She has won her last two fights after dropping the belt to Marloes Coenen in 2010.

Unfortunately, with the buzz surrounding Rousey right now, it’s Kaufman that may get pushed back for a title shot until later in 2012.

“Sarah will definitely be in consideration for a title fight at some point,” said Coker. “That’s one of the fights that will happen at some point in 2012. She’s a very talented fighter, and we still think she’s right there in the mix.”

The important point to note is that nothing has been decided, yet, but with a major event for Strikeforce currently rumored for early March in Ohio, it would be hard to deny Miesha Tate a title fight at that show. Right now all signs are pointing towards Ronda Rousey as her opponent.

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