In Strikeforce Columbus this Saturday, March 3, Miesha Tate will defend her women’s bantamweight title belt against Ronda Rousey in the most-hyped women’s fight since Cris “Cyborg” Santos defeated Gina Carano in 2009.
Anticipation has been building for several months as both fighters have used the media to take nasty shots at each other. Tate has called Rousey “pampered and protected,” and Rousey has labeled Tate “slow-witted” and “un-American.” Although Rousey has only four professional MMA fights to her credit, she is an Olympic judo bronze medalist with the skills to take a serious run at Tate’s title.
Other fights on the main card include:
- K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson
- Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki
- Bristol Marunde vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
- Scott Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers
Fortunately, the preliminary bouts feature quality fighters who are sure to put on a show nearly as entertaining as the main card. The matchup between Sarah Kaufmann and Alexis Davis could lead to a title shot for the winner, and the world will get another look at rising star Ryan Couture as he squares off against veteran Conor Heun.
Because Strikeforce Columbus coincides with the Arnold Martial Arts festival this weekend, Nationwide Arena should be buzzing with tons of MMA fans. If you can’t watch it live, make sure to catch one of the strongest MMA events of the year on Showtime at 10 p.m. EST this Saturday.