Rousey and Sarah
D’Alelio will have to wait a couple extra weeks to make their
debuts, but they’ll now get to do so before a considerably larger
Originally tabbed for the untelevised undercard of Strikeforce/M-1
“Fedor vs. Henderson” on July 30, Strikeforce officials
announced Sunday that the 145-pound contest has been shifted to the
televised main card of Strikeforce
Challengers 18 on Aug. 12.
Rousey, 24, is a decorated judoka unbeaten in her nascent fighting
career. After claiming bronze at 154 pounds during the 2008 Beijing
Olympic Games, the Californian turned her focus to MMA, eventually
making her amateur debut in August 2010 and quickly racking up
three first-round finishes. Rousey (Pictured) debuted
professionally against Ediane
Gomes in March and submitted the more experienced Brazilian in
just 25 seconds. The Gokor
Chivichyan pupil improved to 2-0 on June 17 with a 49-second
submission of Charmaine
Tweet. All five of Rousey’s wins, pro and amateur, have come
via armbar in under one minute.
Fighting out of Olympia, Wash., D’Alelio will make her Strikeforce
debut after very nearly doing so in June. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu
stylist was set to welcome Gina Carano
back to the cage before Carano was forced from the bout less than
two weeks prior. D’Alelio will look to rebound from the first loss
of her career, a December decision against Julie
Kedzie. Prior to that loss, “The Monster” had finished four
opponents in a row, three inside the first round.
Headlined by a lightweight tilt between Jorge Gurgel
Duarte, Strikeforce Challengers 18 will take place at the Palms
Casino Resort in Las Vegas.