This weekend at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, STRIKEFORCE returns with a card headlined by the ladies, as Ronda Rousey takes on Sara Kaufman for the 135 lb title. Aside from the main event, the card features two other bouts in the women’s divisions. One of the competitors, Julie Kedzie, stated for the media that she hopes the women’s divisions hit the UFC within five years. IF STRIKEFORCE can present three quality fights (and they are all good), then there is no reason that the process of getting ladies MMA to the UFC could not be accelerated.
The opening bout features kickboxing specialist Germaine de Randamie (2-2) taking on veteran Hiroko Yamanaka (12-1) in a bout featuring two fighters with a big contrast of styles that are coming off losses in their last fight. For de Randamie, she needs to show her daunting Muay Thai skills. But it is a good sign that athletes from other disciplines are crossing over in women’s MMA, it happened in men’s MMA. Yamanaka has a lot of decisions, and will have to be unorthodox in her approach to have a chance. She is going to have to survive the storm de Randamie brings by getting it to the ground.
The second bout features two very skilled, experienced fighters in Meisha Tate and Julie Kedzie. Tate is coming off a loss to Ronda Rousey in a title bout, and Kedzie is coming off a loss to Alexis Davis.
Tate is probably going to take this fight over Kedzie, as Tate has been a top competitor for a while now, and Kedzie has failed to break through in fights like this throughout her career.
In the main event, Rousey is a dominant, prohibitive favorite. Rousey has already attained a Jon Jones like reputation for being head and shoulders above the competition, it is Sara Kaufman’s turn to see if she can make a war out of this, and take Rousey places she has not been before in an MMA fight. We shall see.
When Dana White says there isn’t enough talent in the women’s divisions, he is not giving credit to the work done already by a very devoted and dedicated core of athletes.
With ‘TUF 16′ announced, the UFC’s reality show could have really been put to better use by having a season for the women. Dana would find that the talent is there.