A knee injury has forced top 135-pound female contender Miesha Tate out of a scheduled title-bout with current champ Marloes Coenen on March 5 creating a short-lived vacancy since filled by undefeated Liz “Girl-rilla” Carmouche. While no specifics were given regarding Tate’s health an official press release mentioned the damage occurred at some point while training for the event.
A former Marine with three tours in Iraq, Carmouche has racked up five straight wins since turning pro a little less than a year ago including a third round TKO of veteran competitor Jan Finney in her last outing at Strikeforce Challengers 12. She is 5-0 thus far in her career with four wins by way of a finishing performance.
Her clash with Coenen is complimented by another fight featuring a Strikeforce championship up for grabs as light heavyweight title-holder Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante will put his belt on the line against PRIDE/UFC staple Dan Henderson. The main card also offers fans a battle between middleweights Tim Kennedy and Melvin Manhoef as well as the debut of Jorge Masvidal who takes on undefeated Billy Evangelista in lightweight action.