On a conference call today with executives from Showtime and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, the participants of the co-main event for Friday, May 15, the premiere of Strikeforce’s Challenger Series, stated their common goal: steal the show. Both Sara Kaufman, undefeated at 8-0, and Miesha Tate, 6-1, have the occasion to showcase not only their own skills but also the excitement of women’s MMA.
Originally slated to face Kim Couture, who withdrew recently due to personal reasons, Tate now sees the fight as a “win-win situation” as she has the “opportunity to defeat [Kaufman] for the first time” and relishes the chance to perform in prime-time. Kaufman, who was set to face Shayna Bazler in Strikeforce’s next event, will now have to earn that chance as the winner of this contest gets Bazler in her home state of Washington on Friday, June 19th.
The Challenger Series exists to birth MMA’s next brightest stars by giving young talent the spotlight. On Friday, May 15th, two fighters with designs for greatness will be working together even as they punish each other. Sara Kaufman and Miesha Tate want to cheat the men out of what they believe is rightfully theirs: Fight of the Night.