Two of the top fighters in woman’s MMA are set to battle it out in the Strikeforce cage in March according to new reports.
Current woman’s 135lb champion Miesha Tate is expected to defend her title for the first time against one of the sport’s fastest rising stars Ronda ‘Rowdy’ Rousey at an as-yet announced event in early March.
The match-up was first suggested by Rousey herself after the former Judo Olympic gold medalist picked up her fourth straight victory against Julia Budd in her Strikeforce debut late last year.
Despite her limited MMA experience the fact that Rousey has tapped out all four of her opponents by armbar, all in less than a minute, has clearly given her plenty of confidence and that lead to her offering to cut down to 135lbs to take on Tate.
It appears Strikeforce liked that idea and so she’s now got her wish.
There’s no doubt that the champion will be her toughest test to date though. Like Rousey, ‘Takedown’ Tate has been on fire in her recent fights, winning the Strikeforce woman’s one-night 135lb tournament in 2010 and then tapping out Marloes Coenen to claim the 135lb title in the summer of last year.
Tate will have a significant experience edge as far as MMA competition goes, having fought fourteen times and faced a higher level of competition in the likes of Coenen, Sarah Kaufman and Zoila Gurgel, but the sky appears to be the limit for Rousey talent wise so it’ll be fascinating to see how this fight pans out.
It’s also worth noting that Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated in an interview earlier this week that 145lb champion Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos is also poised to drop down to 135lbs so she will surely be lined up to take on the winner of the Tate Vs Rousey encounter later in 2012.