Kaufman: Rousey title shot vs. Miesha is a slap in the face

by Steven Marrocco | source: mmajunkie.com

On Wednesday it was reported that Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate woudlbe defending herself against Ronda Rousey, on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio. That left Saran Kaufman without a title shot she thought she had earned with wins over Megumi Yabushita and Liz Carmouche, since losing her title to Marloes Coenen late in 2010.

"I didn't mind waiting for the title fight, and if I get stepped over, the waiting has pretty much been in vain," Kaufman said.

"I've earned the title shot. I've had the Strikeforce title; I've had two good wins coming off my only loss in 15 fights, and I've earned and deserve the right to fight for that title.

"Having Ronda have the option of coming in and fighting at 145 pounds, having two fights with Strikeforce, and all of a sudden, she gets a title shot at a division she doesn't fight in, it's a slap in the face."

"Ronda talks a lot. She's really told everyone that she's attractive, and for that reason, she is marketable and should get a title fight. Definitely, dislocating Julia Budd's arm opened people's eyes. But what doesn't make sense is that she hasn't done anything at 135 pounds; she hasn't even proven that she can make 135 pounds."

"I think it's a step back from where we've been at. Gina Carano was originally the looks versus talent debate, and she didn't push her looks; someone else pushed her looks. She went along with it, and I think that's great. It's good marketing. It's her brand, and that works. I don't think you should shy away from how you look or your femininity if you like wearing dresses and heels and posing for sexy pictures – that's great.

"When it comes down to Ronda telling someone, 'I look good,' and because of that, I should get a title shot, that's where the problem comes in."

"I would definitely say I've paved some sort of way in talking your mind and getting things done. I understand that talking works. And I try and use talking to be constructive and help push everyone forward. Maybe I should do it more just to push myself forward like Ronda has and step on everyone else. I don't know if I can actually do that. I have a hard time with that because I actually have a conscience. But she's doing what works for her, and if I have to get on the bandwagon with talking more than I like to, it might be something I have to do if I'm going to get stepped over more than once.

"By having Ronda Rousey step out of the 145-pound division and step away from 'Cyborg,' who's the logical fight and who needs a fight, and just saying I'll just do this at 135 and not even put in any time, is not helping the actual division itself. It's making a fight that people are interested in seeing because there's hype behind it. But as a division, it's kind of creating chaos. As far as, is there a ranking system? Does it matter if you do well or win your fights? How many do you have to win before you get a title shot, or can you just do what she did?"

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Fly Rodder site profile image  

8/19/12 12:08 AM by Fly Rodder

And now we know how that all went down.

MM-eh site profile image  

1/8/12 3:26 PM by MM-eh

 Sarah will now be fighting fellow Canadian Alexis Davis on the same night, and the winner will get the winner of Tate/Rousey. http://mm-eh.ca/2012/01/08/canadians-alexis-davis-vs-sarah-kaufman-for-strikeforce-no-1-contender/ 

Thacommish site profile image  

1/7/12 5:30 PM by Thacommish

Its odd how much of a deal is being made over this, when marloes coenen did the same thing, but did so coming off a loss.

Dominicf site profile image  

1/7/12 6:33 AM by Dominicf

Way more people want to see Rousey v Tate than Kaufman v Tate, that much is clear.Sarah would get a lot more sympathy if she at least acknowledged that Rousey v Tate is the more popular fight from the fans POV. That's not to say she has to throw up her hands and give in. But it's like she's plugging her ears with her fingers when it comes to this fact, like the fans preferences don't matter much at all.If she at least provided an argument weighing up the value of 'fairness' with the value of popularity, and made a case in favour of fairness, that would be more compelling than just ignoring the greater popularity of the Rousey v Tate fight.

SikRick site profile image  

1/7/12 5:46 AM by SikRick

 I dont get this, the people want Rousey and Tate.  Rousey has killed everyone, Sara had her turn.  Cant wait for this fight.  Im sorry but 5 rounds of Kaufmann trying to sprawl and brawl makes me want to cry.  Instead we have a FIGHT on our hands

CaptChaos site profile image  

1/7/12 12:10 AM by CaptChaos

The diffreence between 135 and 145 is a big jump weight wise. It's almost like a LW fighting at WW in the men's division (divide the weights and you get a percentage difference.) It's like telling Jim Miller (who got snubbed even aftre winning 7 in a row cause he's not a loud mouth) to go up in weight and fight GSP and win the WW belt and Then he can come back and beat Frankie at 155.Rousey wants no parts of Cyborg. I hope she doesn't make weight that's all. Rousey hasn't been tested and when she does we will see what she really has as far as heart and cardio etc... Remember Carwin hadn't been out of the 1st and look what happened to him when he had to go past 1 round the 1st time...

anunaki site profile image  

1/6/12 10:32 PM by anunaki

she's not gonna be able to slap anyone in the face when she gets her arms broke after getting tossed on her noggin....these chicks are gonna HATE rousey even more after she wins the strap and gets pushed as the biggest female fighter ever. she should stop a few in a row with head kicks and shell get promoted like cyborg did

T Bag site profile image  

1/6/12 7:11 PM by T Bag

 Ronda is a draw, Sarah isn't. Welcome to the business of MMA

Dominicf site profile image  

1/6/12 6:55 PM by Dominicf

LOL. So it seems.Let's hear what 58 Miles has to say about this news.

SleepBomb site profile image  

1/6/12 6:54 PM by SleepBomb

 did they find cyborg's penis yet?