It looks like fans will have to wait a few more months before Strikeforce bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey returns to the ring to defend the belt she won in highlight-reel fashion by shredding Miesha Tate’s arm with a submission. Though the victory came in March and Rousey escaped the bout injury-free, Strikeforce’s scheduled show in July already has a pair of title-fights attached to it leaving little room for the Olympic medaling judoka’s presence.
As such, Rousey will face top contender Sarah Kaufman in August though the event does not have a specific date/location yet. The UFC, also owned by Zuffa, currently has cards lined up for August 4 and August 11 making the second-half of the month the most obvious landing spot for the two talented 135ers’ tilt.
News of the match-up was confirmed by MMAFighting while citing sources close to Strikeforce.
Kaufman is a former champion whose only career loss involved dropping the strap to Marloes Coenen. The 15-1 Canadian has won three straight since including success against Liz Carmouche and most recently Alexis Davis.
By comparison, Rousey is 5-0 with all five of her victories involving an opening round Armbar finish.
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