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Sarah Kaufman vs. Liz Carmouche locked for July 22 Challengers event

Former female welterweight champ Sarah Kaufman appears poised for a return to the Strikeforce cage after an April win outside of the organization with a major obstacle standing in the way of her hopes of reclaiming the divisional belt – Liz Carmouche. Assuming things go as planned the fight will take place on July 22 at Strikeforce Challengers 17 in Las Vegas.

News of the likely pairing was first reported by MMAFighting. Five Ounces of Pain has since confirmed with a source close to the situation that bout agreements have been signed and an official announcement should be coming soon.

Carmouche was last seen pounding on current 135-pound champion Marloes Coenen for the bulk of their bout this past March before succumbing to a Triangle Choke early in the fourth round. The defeat marked the first of the former Marine’s professional career after racking up five straight victories including a TKO of Jan Finney at Strikeforce Challengers 12.

Like Carmouche, the only stumble Kaufman has experienced in the ring came by way of submission to Coenen when the two fought last October. Prior to the loss the 13-1 Canadian had beaten a number of notable opponents including current top contender Miesha Tate, as well as Shayna Baszler and Roxanne Modafferi.

Strikeforce Challengers 17 will be headlined by the tie-breaking bout between Bobby Voelker and Roger Bowling after splitting their first two fights, and is a landmark event in the sense it involves the first time Strikeforce has held a show in Sin City.


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