In what a lot of critics called a “boring” fight, Kaufman defeat now #4 ranked Takayo Hashi in a unanimous 5 round decision at the Strikeforce Challengers in February. Kaufman was on “Sportsgeeks” to silence the critics about the match and talk about her future with Strikeforce.
Kaufman makes no excuses for the title match.
“There are going to be those critics all the time,” Kaufman admitted. “I like to bang, I like to throw my hands. Maybe I should not as much because people stop thinking I am able to and are willing to trade a little bit more. I think as you get better and your opponents get better, it’s always going to be that interesting blend of different styles and aggression levels.”
Kaufman also said that they weren’t amateurs when it comes to having it out in the cage.
“I think when you take two top ranked athletes, especially when they have different strengths, it can play out in a technical fight. That might not be as entertaining for an uneducated fan, but for people who know what is going on, they can appreciate the actual sport. They can appreciate the strategy going into those fights. I think the fight between Hashi and I were one of those fights.”
When it comes to the upcoming Strikeforce tournament and finding a contender for her title, Kaufman said she doesn’t want to have to wait a long time to defend her title. She is hoping in just a few short months she can come back and defend her title. When it comes to who she wants to face, it doesn’t matter to her.
“Hopefully I’ll get to fight by June,” Kaufman stated. “At this point, I don’t want to keep waiting and waiting.”
“Strikeforce knows I want to stay active. I am pretty much open to anyone at 135.”
Kaufman is still in renegotiations with Strikeforce, stating she would like a five fight deal with the company.