Strikeforce today broke news of women’s bantamweight champ Miesha Tate’s next title defense. That news that was met with mixed reactions, due to the promotion’s selected opponent. Facing Tate on March 3 will be none other than outspoken MMA newcomer Ronda Rousey.
After a successful Olympic career in Judo, Rousey turned to mixed martial arts in which she’s posted a 3-0 amateur record and gone an undefeated 4-0 in professional competition. Although “Rowdy” has only fought twice in Strikeforce, she’ll be getting a coveted shot at the belt while proven contender Sarah Kaufman will sit on the sidelines.
In a sport still somewhat struggling to gain mainstream momentum, Strikeforce went with the most marketable fighter in this case. I asked Tate this afternoon whether she agrees Kaufman was snubbed as the talkative Rousey got the nod.
It came as no surprise to me that the champ who pulls no punches let it be known that she’s right there with many fans on this one, in that a fighter with a 14-1 record who’s already beaten Tate deserves a crack at ultimate glory once again. For now though, we’ll see a 4-0 Rousey enter the cage with the belt holder, come March.