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Better Know a Fighter: Sarah Kaufman


(A black eye and the faintest hint of a smile. That’s our kind of woman. Photo by Esther Lin.)

Wednesday we tried to educate your ignorant asses on Takayo Hashi, the Japanese fighter who is one half of the 135-pound title fight on tonight’s Strikeforce: Challengers show (you made your FightPicker selections yet, by the way?). It’s only fair that we also shine the spotlight on her opponent in tonight’s main event, the undefeated Sarah Kaufman.

In addition to having a perfect 10-0 record that includes wins over the likes of Miesha Tate (one of MMA’s hottest women, let’s not forget) and Shayna Baszler, Kaufman also has the distinction of winning all but two of her fights via TKO stoppage. She may not win pretty, but she’s a gritty fighter who likes to stand and bang and will not give you a second to breathe once the bell rings. If you need another barometer aside from her record to tell you how dominant she’s been, just look at the odds on her fight against Hashi. She’s fighting the #2-ranked fighter in her weight class, and bookmakers still expect it to be a blowout.

Biographical notes: Kaufman was a dancer from age two, but transitioned to fighting because it is far more awesome. She’s from Victoria, British Columbia, and yet bravely missing tonight’s Canada-Slovakia hockey game in order to fight for a title. She’s more or less estranged from her family, who she says “weren’t bad parents,” but were not active or health conscious or terribly supportive of her fighting career. See her in action after the jump.



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bobroode- November 9, 2011 at 5:53 am
She looks like a model more than a fighter. I love mma, but I think girls should stay out in my opininion. Check out desks for bedrooms
SciaticNervePain- October 25, 2011 at 3:40 am
She not bad.I’m excited to see it go down.
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ReX13- February 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm
i want to point out that frndlylion used the words "ladies", " deserve a . . . shot", "excited to see it", and "go down" in one post, and it was completely g-rated. Overall, the maturity level in a discussion about female fighters had been very high, so i felt the need to drag it down to high school level. That is all.
Infectious Disease- February 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm
She looks like Isis Taylor....the pornstar.
youngblood- February 26, 2010 at 11:57 am
This will be a great fight. Kaufman via TKO in 2. By all means, I think it will be the fight of the night.
frndlylion- February 26, 2010 at 11:40 am
Both of these ladies are definitely worthy of a title shot. I'm excited to see it go down.
As Good As Anyone- February 26, 2010 at 10:44 am
technical fighter versus non-technical fighter. i smell an upset... even though i picked kaufman. probably because she shares a similar last name with one of the best comedians ever
Smitty- February 26, 2010 at 10:39 am
Not before Kaufman vs ya homeboy Cyborg.
flash237- February 26, 2010 at 10:38 am
SARAH KAUFMAN VS. MARLOES COENEN

^THIS.........should happen
Kimbos Bread- February 26, 2010 at 10:35 am
She not bad.
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