Given the steady decline of Strikeforce over the past year it seemed fairly clear the organization was in trouble. Now, it appears the company will promote its final show on January 12 before folding, and with bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey not scheduled for action the ascending star looks to have already joined the UFC roster.
According to a report from TMZ, Rousey has inked a deal with the UFC and will compete in the Octagon next year where she will put her belt on the line against Liz Carmouche, Sara McMann, or Cristiane Santos.
Supporting the rumor, former divisional queen Miesha Tate went on Twitter and posted, “So stoked to be fighting for the UFC. It’s been a dream of mine for along time! SO happy it’s finally come true.”
Neither the UFC or Strikeforce have issued a comment but it seems a statement should be forthcoming at this point.
An Olympic medalist in judo, Rousey is 6-0 with all six victories featuring an opening round Armbar finish. Her last outing came this past August against Sarah Kaufman, the first successful defense of the 25-year old’s career.
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