Monday, May 18, 2009

Ready To Fight, Miesha Tate High on Women's MMA

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In a sport dominated by raging testosterone driven men with their high protein diets, it’s finally women who are now beginning to step up and take the helm. Women in mixed martial arts have been suffering from the same afflictions as those in boxing; there are not enough notable women to establish complete legitimacy in all organizations.

Scott Cokers’ Strikeforce has made an attempt to help the continuing efforts of the female persuasion to be taken seriously in MMA today. Case in point, the acquisition of Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and the on-going negotiations with former EliteXC star Gina Carano (arguably two of the biggest female names in the sport today).

Kim Couture – who vicariously has become another big name in the sport due to her husband’s legendary status and holds an unimpressive 1-1 record thus far – was originally set to face rising female star Miesha Tate on the first Sho MMA: Strikeforce Challengers card on Friday night. The vice president of Xtreme Couture operations subsequently pulled out of the fight citing personal issues.

Miesha has now received a new and more experienced opponent in Sarah Kauffman, who maintains a perfect 8-0 record as a professional.

Tate remains un-phased, but also recognizes on the missed opportunity of fighting a big named opponent in a sport controlled by men whom have already established their own legacies and women who are fending for themselves to reach the same pinnacle.

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