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Kaufman finally finds Strikeforce opponent

A couple of days ago I ran an interview with Sarah Kaufman, a 10-0 135-pounder – and Female Fighter of the Year nominee – who has fought three times in the span of 57 days earlier this year but hasn’t been on the cage since June. Well, now comes word (via a note passed along by one of my Twitter followers) that Kaufman will face Takayo Hashi (12-1) on the November 20 Strikeforce: Challengers card. I’ve sent Kaufman an e-mail to try and get confirmation and if it’s true I’ll het her thoughts on the fight.

Between April and June of this year Kaufman fought and beat Sara Schneider, Miesha Tate and Shayna Baszler, the latter two on Strikeforce: ShoMMA cards. Hashi is a Japanese grappler who has fought primarily in the Smackgirl promotion and she’ll be in tough against the hard-hitting Kaufman. I’m being polite. I think Kaufman is going to clean the mat with her and I’d be very surprised if it goes the distance.

Kaufman vs. Hashi isn’t the only women’s bout on the Challengers card as Brandon Vera’s wide, Kerry Vera, will face Randy Couture’s ex-wife, Kim Couture. Brandon and Randy headline UFC 105 on November 14.

Rounding out the card – so far – are Tyron Woodley vs. Rudy Bears and Rafael Cavalcante vs. Aaron Rosa.


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