Strikeforce’s upcoming “Feijao vs. Henderson” card has taken a significant hit. Miesha Tate, who was scheduled to face women’s welterweight champion Marloes Coenen for her title, has suffered a knee injury in training that has forced her off the card. Strikeforce announced today that Liz Carmouche will fill in and fight Coenen for the title.

Undefeated Liz “Girl-Rilla’’ Carmouche (6-0) has replaced an injured Miesha Tate and will face STRIKEFORCE Women’s World Welterweight Champion Marloes Coenen on Saturday, March 5, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Tate, the No. 1 contender at 135 pounds, was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury during training.

Carmouche, of San Diego, by way of Lafayette, La., will be making her third start for STRIKEFORCE on SHOWTIME. She is coming off an impressive third-round TKO (punches) over the more-experienced, hard-hitting Jan Finney on Nov. 19, 2010. Carmouche has only gone the distance once in her career.

Kudos to Strikeforce for finding a suitable replacement for a title fight, a women’s title fight no less, on short notice, but there’s still lingering questions about their April 9 event which they failed to answer on the “Feijao vs. Henderson” conference call yesterday. No one seems to know if the second of the heavyweight grand prix will still happen on that card, but it’s not looking good considering Nick Diaz was told to be ready on April 9.

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