Strikeforce will look to continue their recent run of rock-solid shows on March 5 in Columbus, Ohio with an event now set to feature a pair of championship clashes in addition to two World Grand Prix quarterfinal bouts. Already linked to a light heavyweight tilt between title-holder Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and iconic UFC/PRIDE veteran Dan Henderson, the show will also apparently involve 135-pound female champ Marloes Coenen’s initial defense of her belt against Miesha Tate.
News of the fight came via Tate’s Twitter page where in January the 11-2 grappler stated she was set to begin training camp while targeting the now-official date.
The 24-year old “Takedown” earned the opportunity to face Coenen with back-to-back wins over Maiju Kujala and Hitomi Akano during a single-night tournament this past August. Tate also holds a 2010 submission victory over Bellator 115-pound champ Zoila Frausto.
Coenen is 18-4 in her career with thirteen wins by way of tap-out including an Armbar of then-champion Sarah Kaufman in October at “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons 2”. She is 2-1 in Strikeforce with a submission win over Roxanne Modafferi and TKO loss to Cris “Cyborg” Santos almost exactly a year ago.
In addition to the two title-fights, the Ohio offering is also set for heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem’s long-awaited scrap with Fabricio Werdum as well as heavy-handed Brett Rogers taking on controversial, but highly talented, Josh Barnett, on the other side of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix bracket.
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