Sarah Kaufman wants what Ronda Rousey currently owns: the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship.
On August 18 at Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman, the ex-champion will get her chance to become the first fighter to defeat the former Olympian, as the two square off in the main event on Showtime.
Kaufman’s plan of attack is to force Rousey into a stand-up game. Not a bad decision, considering Rousey has finished all of her opponents via armbar, including her win over Miesha Tate for the title.
“It’s no surprise that Ronda doesn’t like being hit,” said Kaufman, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie Radio. “But I hope she’s been training a lot in the striking department, just for the pressure, because she’s not going to like it.”
Kaufman is a near-flawless 15-1 in her career, including a 6-1 mark in Strikeforce. Her lone career loss did come in 2010 by armbar submission to Marloes Coenen.
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