The thing with MMA is that given the dynamics of the sport, and the corresponding training that is required, injury is all but inevitable. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the disappointment of a marquee matchup falling through is any easier to swallow.
Today, Strikeforce announced that Miesha Tate would be forced off their March 5 card due to a knee injury suffered in training. Tate, the number one contender for the Strikeforce women’s welterweight title was to have fought champion Marloes Coenen in the evening’s co-main event. In Tate’s place will be the undefeated Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche.
Taking nothing away from Carmouche, but it’s unclear if she is ready for a crack at the title. Despite some pretty impressive performances on a couple of Strikeforce: Challengers cards, Carmouche hasn’t been in with the level of competition that both Tate and Coenen have soundly defeated. Still, we do know that Carmouche comes to bang so if anything she has a puncher’s chance.
Of course a Coenen-Tate battle is one that most die-hard MMA fans were longing to see. Coenen is a legitimate champion and her training at Holland’s Golden Glory only solidifies that fact that she is a legitimate bad-ass. Coenen’s arm-bar of the former champion Sarah Kaufman was a thing of beauty. In Tate, we would have seen Coenen tested again by an aggressive fighter who has an excellent ground game. Tate is a beast, as proven by her domination in the Strikeforce women’s welterweight tournament last year. In one night, Tate defeated Maiju Kujala and Hitomi Akano. Now that’s damn impressive.
Assuming Coenen emerges victorious expect a Coenen-Tate battle to be rescheduled for later in the year.
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