Number 1 ranked Bantamweight, Marloes “Rumina” Coenen will defend her Strikeforce Women’s 135-pound Championship against 2010 tournament winner and 5th ranked, Miesha “Takedown” Tate in the co-main event at Strikeforce: “Fedor vs Henderson” on July 30th in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Also on the card, 7th ranked, Alexis Davis meets 9th ranked, Julie “Fireball” Kedzie in undercard action. The main card will be televised LIVE on Showtime starting at 10pm EST.
Coenen (19-4) and Tate (11-2) were set to meet in March, but Tate was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a knee injury. Coenen went on to face late replacement Liz Carmouche and after taking a beating for the first three rounds, rallied back to submit Carmouche with a fourth round triangle choke. Now fully healed, Tate will get her shot at the title.
Davis (9-4) and Kedzie (16-8) are two of Strikeforce’s latest signees and each holds titles in other promotions. Davis is the current Raging Wolf champion, defeating Tonya Evinger via rear naked choke in her last title defense in November. Kedzie is the current Jackson’s MMA champion, having won the title in a back and forth five round affair with Kaitlin Young in April.
Rankings supplied by the Unified Women’s MMA Rankings.