It’s looking like a much-anticipated Strikeforce women’s bantamweight championship bout between champion Miesha Tate and rising star Ronda Rousey is going to happen sooner rather than later.

MMA Weekly reported earlier this evening that the bout is set for a March 3 Strikeforce event, however Rousey responded on Twitter claiming she hasn’t signed anything yet. Nevertheless, MMA Junkie is reporting that although it’s not finalized, Strikeforce has the bout is in the works. ( has confirmed with multiple sources that Rousey and Strikeforce 135-pound female champion Miesha Tate (12-2 MMA, 5-1 SF) are in ongoing discussions to meet at an as-yet-unannounced event expected to take place March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.

However, at this time bout agreements have not been finalized and the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.

Assuming it comes together, it would mark the most hyped women’s bout in quite some time. Tate recently stated that Rousey doesn’t deserve the shot with only four professional wins, however women’s MMA needs all the big fights it can get these days and this is certainly one of them. Rousey may not deserve it on record alone, but you can’t dismiss the buzz she’s generated by winning each of those four fights in under a minute via violent armbars.

I’ll admit it. I’ve struggled to get excited for women’s MMA in the past year, but this is definitely one fight I’m looking forward to.

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