Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” is official.

Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” is scheduled to take place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 3, and will air on Showtime at 10pm ET/PT.

The card will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.

“The energy in the city of Columbus is always incredible during the weekend of the Arnold and we can’t wait to get back there with this championship fight,” STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker said. “Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey is the title fight fans wanted and we were happy to give it to them. Miesha made a big statement when she submitted Marloes Coenen for the title last year. Now she meets one of the fastest-rising stars in all of mixed martial arts, unbeaten judo ace Ronda Rousey. Columbus, get ready, because we’re bringing a great night of fights to your city once again.”

“I feel like Ronda will definitely be a challenge for me, but not one that I can’t handle,” said Tate. “Her Olympic experience is great, but this is MMA and her MMA career has been short. She hasn’t truly been tested yet and I plan on doing just that when we meet in Columbus.”

“Miesha is a seasoned and respectable fighter, but she’s not a dangerous fighter,” said Rousey. “If she thinks she’s going to submit me, she’s got another thing coming. She’ll have her chance on March 3 and we’ll all find out who the best female MMA fighter in the world is.”

A Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix final bout between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier was expected to headline the card, however Strikeforce officials had been waiting on Cormier’s medical clearance before they could make it official. Unfortunately, Cormier’s hand still isn’t healed so the show must go on without him.

Other bouts announced for the card include Josh Thomson vs. KJ Noons, Kazuo Misaki vs. Paul Daley and Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis.

Ticket release dates:

  • UFC Fight Club Presale: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 10am ET
  • Public On-Sale Date: Friday, Jan. 20, 10am ET

Tickets will be priced at $125, $75, $45 and $25. They can be purchased at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, at or 1-800-745-3000.

The latest Strikeforce “Tate vs. Rousey” fight card and event info can be found in our fight cards section.