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Strikeforce Booking Roundup: Tate-Rousey Card Filling Out

…and fillilng out nicely, we must say. (Pic: StandThemUp.org)

At the post-fight presser for “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Jardine”, promotion CEO Scott Coker artfully dodged questions about the demise of Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg, offering up some good news for the media to focus on instead. His announcement confirmed the pending showdown between Champion Miesha Tate and rising star Ronda Rousey. Additionally, Coker unveiled three more bouts for the card, which will go down in Columbus, Ohio on March 3rd.

With their women’s Featherweight division in shambles, Strikeforce will look to further develop the scene at Bantamweight with a pairing of Sarah Kaufman and Alexis Davis. Kaufman formerly held Strikeforce’s 135lb strap–her only loss came in a title defense against Marloes Coenen back in October of 2010. Since that time she’s rattled off wins over Megumi Yabushita and Liz Carmouche. Davis is on a three-fight streak, picking up her last two wins over Julie Kedzie and Amanda Nunes under the Strikeforce banner. Given the caliber of competitors and their placement on this card, it’s safe to assume that the winner of this fight could go on to challenge the victor of the Tate-Rousey bout.

Another former Strikeforce champion, Josh Thomson, will square off against former title contender KJ Noons in a lightweight clash. This will be Thomson’s first bout in fifteen months; he last met Tatsuya Kawajir on the K1-Dynamite!! Power of Courage 2010 card in a fight he lost via decision. Noons recently picked up his first win in three fights with a decision victory over Billy Evangelista.

In a bout that will likely round out the main card of this event, noted scalephobe Paul Daley will look to continue his winning ways against Kazuo Misaki. Though “Semtex” dropped his last two fights in the Strikeforce organization, he’s since picked up two decision wins overseas in Bamma. Misaki has similarly rebounded from a two-fight skid with a pair of TKO victories. This will be his first contest back in Strikeforce since a 2008 victory over Joe Riggs.

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Buster Hyman- January 9, 2012 at 6:29 am
the winner gets to blow cyborg right?
RwilsonR- January 8, 2012 at 10:43 pm
It is amazing what being the only somewhat normal looking girls in a sport full of bull dykes will do for your comparative looks. Too bad scribol has to ruin the small MMA world in which these two might be considered attractive by putting up pictures of actual hit chicks.
Diaz Cartel- January 8, 2012 at 6:36 pm
Ronda looks like she's gettin ready for a glassectomy
Phatdan78- January 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm
I hope Larry Flint offers the winner a Hustler Spread! And i hope Rousey wins.
cecils_pupils- January 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm
I'm getting' a chubby just think' of this fight...
smellypiratehooker- January 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm
*see*
smellypiratehooker- January 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm
forget the motorcycle gear. she what you can do about hooking the lads up with Ronda Rouseys Neoprene weight cutting suit for your next cp contest.
skeletor- January 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm
And CruchCo wins big! Seriously though who wrote the live blog last night? Whoever it was just pushed Danga up the credibility ladder of CP writers.
CrushCo- January 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Screw the weigh-ins. I'm waiting to hear back from Coker regarding a hidden locker room cam. You're welcome, men.
tbcookin956- January 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm
PLEASE PLEASE FIND A WAY TO AIR THE WEIGH-INS LIVE.
myklhoey- January 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm
please air the weigh ins
FilmDrunk- January 8, 2012 at 12:06 pm
They need to rename the women's weight division. A 145-pound woman is not "featherweight." I call that "medium-thick."
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