Former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman has been put on the backburner for a shot at current champion Miesha Tate.
Kaufman, will be fighting to continue to earn her way back up to title contention, while Tate’s current challenger, Ronda Rousey, will be making her debut at bantamweight and is only four fights into her MMA career. Rousey, however, has been effective at marketing herself and her Olympic-level Judo background.
Regardless of the situation, Kaufman remains with a positive outlook and believes that either Tate or Rousey will be a fun fight for her to get back her title, but first, she must impress Zuffa execs when she meets submission grappler Alexis Davis at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on Saturday night.
“I think every fight is exciting,” Kaufman told MMAWeekly Radio
“I was still pushing, even though I was realistic, even though I wasn’t going to get it for the Miesha Tate fight cause that’s the right fight for me and that’s what I deserve. I’m not looking past Alexis. I have fought her before. It was an extremely dominant performance before the TKO and I’m looking to be even more dominant this time around. Not to prove anything to anyone, but just because I need that. I’m angry and I got that drive. I want that title back no matter what.”
The Canadian’s drive and determination for capturing the belt back cannot be denied as she looked impressive in her last fight against a game Liz Carmouche at Strikeforce Challengers 17.
Even though Kaufman’s been overlooked for the title shot, the former Strikeforce champion doesn’t care whether she fights either Tate or Rousey if she gets pas Davis. She already holds a victory over Tate and believes she could beat her again, and she also feels that Rousey fits her style of fighting perfectly.
“I don’t care who wins, they’re just fighting and I’ll fight whoever. If I give Ronda her first loss, I’d happily do that because I will be hitting her and you know with Miesha, she thinks she can beat me and I know I can definitely beat her, it’s a win-win for me.”
If Kaufman emerges victorious at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, she will take out another top challenger in the bantamweight division and prove without a shadow of a doubt that she’s the clear no. 1 contender for the winner of Tate vs. Rousey.
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