Few fighters have experienced as fast a rise in popularity as former Olympian Ronda Rousey did in 2011, going from a relative unknown to the hottest commodity in women’s MMA since Cristiane Santos debuted in 2008. The featherweight’s ferocious appetite for arms coupled with her cute looks and personality proved themselves to be a combo fans couldn’t resist, yet rather than use her increased profile into for a crack at the belt in her own division she decided to go after bantamweight title-holder Miesha Tate instead despite having zero victories at 135 pounds.
Now news has surfaced indicating “Rowdy” Ronda’s next fight will indeed involve Strikeforce gold.
According to a report on MMAWeekly citing sources close to the bout, Rousey is set to scrap with Tate, not 145-pound champion Santos, at a yet-to-be-announced event on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio. The event will tie in with the annual Arnold Sports Festival event in the area as has been done in past years.
Tate will enter the match-up with 3X Rousey’s in-ring experience, boasting a 12-2 record including triumphs over Zoila Gurgel, Hitomi Akano, and Marloes Coenen. She is currently on a six-fight winning streak.
The 24-year old Rousey is 4-0 with all four wins coming last year and most recently snapped Julia Budd’s arm in two. The performance was not only her fourth instance of success via Armbar but also her fourth sub-minute victory.
UPDATE: Rousey has since come on Twitter to deny any bout has been signed and that nothing is official.
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