From left to right: Akano, Tate, Damm, Kujala | Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce

Matchups were set Thursday in Phoenix for Strikeforce’s women’s welterweight tournament.

Hitomi Akano will face Carina Damm in the opening round, and Miesha Tate will fight Maiju Kujala. All four women made weight ahead of the single-elimination one-night tournament, which is part of the Strikeforce Challengers card airing live Friday on Showtime from the Dodge Theatre.

The fighters did not know their first-round matchups until they were drawn Thursday.

“We will go over (Kujala’s) weaknesses and make them fresh in my mind,” Tate said in a news release. “I don’t feel stressed. I feel great. I’ll get a little nervous, but I came here to do a job so it’s all business right now.”

Damm seemed content with her pairing against Akano.

“We have the same style, so it should be a good one,” Damm said. “I didn’t really care who I fight. Now that I know, I can focus more. The next 24 hours I will think only of fighting Akano.”

Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Sarah Kaufman picked Tate and Akano to advance to the final.

“I think Miesha’s ground game is too strong and that she gets past Kujala,” Kaufman said. “In the first match I think it’s a toss-up, but I think Akano has a little bit more experience, so I think I’ll pick her.

“In the final it just really depends on what they do in their first fights. If it’s Akano vs. Tate, it’s a tough fight to call. It’s just too tough to call.”

In the main event, Joe Riggs and Louis Taylor will square off in a 182-pound catchweight bout. Ryan Couture, son of UFC great Randy Couture, is also on the card. He meets Lucas Stark in a lightweight bout.

Joe Riggs (181.6) vs. Louis Taylor (181.2)
Ryan Couture (155.6) vs. Lucas Stark (153.2)


Miesha Tate (134.2) vs. Maiju Kujala (134.4)
Carina Damm (134.8) vs. Hitomi Akano (135.0)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Twitter reacts to Tim Kennedy's retirement from MMA competition

  • 3 days ago
  • 34 views

UFC middleweight contender and former Strikeforce title challenger Tim Kennedy made his official exit from MMA today. See how social media reacted inside. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Former MMA Fighter Brett Rogers Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct

  • 2 days ago
  • 77 views

Former Strikeforce and Bellator heavyweight Brett Rogers has been charged with two counts of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of interfering with someone's privacy. Sarah Horner of read news >>

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET): UFC featherweight and ex-Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez

  • 2 days ago
  • 2 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Gilbert Melendez.Filed under: MMAjunkie Radio, News, UFC read news >>

Bellator 170 early and official weigh-in results and live video stream (noon ET)

  • a day ago
  • 9 views

LOS ANGELES – Bellator 170 weigh-ins take place today, and you can join us for official results and a live video stream of the early and official proceedings here on MMAjunkie at noon ET (9 a.m. PT). read news >>

Garreth McLellan quickly replaces Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night 106

  • a day ago
  • 5 views

Paulo Henrique Costa will still make his official UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 106, but he’s got a new opponent.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Watch the Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen Weigh-in Live at 2 PM ET | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 hours ago
  • 9 views

Watch the Bellator 170: Sonnen vs. Ortiz official weigh-in streaming live from California at 2 p.m. ET. read news >>

Bellator 170 official weigh-in results: Tito Ortiz (204.8), Chael Sonnen (205.8) on mark

  • 23 hours ago
  • 11 views

LOS ANGELES – Bellator 170 weigh-ins took place today, and the headliners are on weight.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Bellator 170: Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen Set Following Official Weigh-ins | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 hours ago
  • 23 views

The official weigh-ins for Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen took place Friday morning with both main eventers hitting the mark. read news >>

Bellator 170 live video stream and official results (6:30 p.m. ET)

  • 5 hours ago
  • 21 views

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – MMAjunkie is on site for tonight’s Bellator 170 event, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).Filed under: Bella read news >>

It's official: Ronda Rousey will not take part in UFC 207 media activities

  • 28 days ago
  • 210 views

It looks like Ronda Rousey is going to keep up her MMA media blackout right through fight week at UFC 207.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>