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Thursday, 01/05/2012, 07:00 am

MMA NEWS – Ronda Rousey Gets Wish, Showdown With Tate Likely For March


In what has probably become the biggest matchup in women’s MMA, Strikeforce champion, Miesha Tate will likely face four-fight MMA veteran and Olympic Judo medalist, Ronda Rousey in her first title defense.

Rousey has been campaigning for the fight ever since her last victory over Julia Budd this past November. However in order to challenge for the title, hurdles of weight class became an issue and many of her detractors cried that it would not be fair to debut in the new weight class with a title fight.

Strikeforce officials apparently don’t care about whats fair and are reportedly working on finalizing this championship title fight as soon as possible. However, no bout agreements have been signed at this time.

The bout, if booked, is expected to go down in Columbus Ohio sometime in March at the Nationwide arena, alongside the Strikeforce HW Grand Prix final between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.

After capturing her Olympic Bronze Medal in Judo, Rousey entered the MMA scene with three amateur fights that ended in under a minute via armbar. She then went on to make her pro debut back in March of 2011 and to date has finished all four of her professional bouts in the same fashion, armbar in under a minute.

All of her contests this far have been at 145 pounds, but in order to face Tate she must shed ten pounds which is apparently not an issue.

Tate will look to defend her 135 pound title for the first time since capturing Strikeforce gold against Marloes Coenen in July. She is on a six-fight win streak, which includes winning the Strikeforce one-night female tournament to earn her title shot and has gone 11-1 in her past 12 fights. Her only loss in this phenomenal run came way of former champ Sarah Kaufman.

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25 Comments to MMA NEWS – Ronda Rousey Gets Wish, Showdown With Tate Likely For March

  1. Robert says:

    Tate FTW

  2. Austin says:

    Tate’s gettin’ her arm torn off.

  3. Jay says:

    Rousey via arm bar…….AGAIN !!

  4. danriverapv says:

    i just hope they shake hands and kiss at the end.

  5. Calabama says:

    Worth getting punched in the face by either one of them… just as long as they are touching me…

  6. dummyman says:

    WHAT!!!!! Cyborg called her out at the last Strikforce. This is bitch-like (no pun intended). Dont get me wrong, it would be a great fight, but hot Ronda is totally pussing out (pun intended)!!

    • K1 says:

      Last I checked Cyborg tested positive Dec/16 for Anabolic steroids and is currently under suspension. So why wouldn’t Rousey move down and fight Tate?

  7. REALTALK says:

    womens mma…….no thanks

  8. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    Ronda by sexy arm bar technique.

  9. DeepSeaGod says:

    I think Miesha will still be hot with 1 arm

  10. Mike Diaz says:

    Ronda will go for the clinch, out grapple Tate, and take her arm home and add it to her collection! Diaz Bros. and TEAM PENN!!!!!!

  11. Rousey will win easily. Tate has no standup she normally just shoots for TD’s and she cant take Ronda down or prevent her from taking her down. Rousey 1st rd Armbat although Tate will last more than a minute.

  12. Lex w says:

    Ronda is going to beat tate but cyborg is going to beat ronda

  13. Steve B says:

    THis is CRAP!!! That is Sarah Kaufman’s fight. She has earned a shot at getting HER title back.

    • momo says:

      I completely agree with you but lets face it women’s mma needs this just read all the comments above. sad but that’s just the way its got to be for now.

  14. Hostile Hunter says:

    Ronda will toss her with that nasty judo, mount… armbar… done…Tate is a great fighter but her skills dont match up well with Ronda. Maybe if Tate tries to stay on the outside to jab-n-jog than she might have a shot but once she locks up with Ronda she’ll know shes in trouble.

  15. Xaninho says:

    Someone is going to loose her arm…..

    Tate can’t play her usual game, cause Rousey doesn’t mind being taken down. She will get a hold of Tate’s arm and rip it off.

  16. Jmad says:

    too pretty to be fighting

  17. TwentyAfter4 says:

    Not

  18. Tony says:

    I got $20 on Rousey

  19. Mach00man says:

    I’ll go half in on that PPV with you bro, I wanna see!

  20. ThaGreenBandit says:

    Shit, we can split that cost in 3rds! I’m trying to see a lil Tate on Rousey “kiss n makeup” action too!

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