Kaufman to Defend Strikeforce Belt, Diaz to Fight Oct. 9
Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Sarah
Kaufman will defend her crown against Dutch submission
Coenen on Oct. 9 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., the
promotion announced on Saturday.
Perfect in 12 professional appearances, Kaufman last appeared in
July, when she knocked out Roxanne
Modafferi with a third-round slam at Strikeforce Challengers 9.
The 24-year-old Canadian has delivered nine of her 12 career
victories by knockout or technical knockout and owns notable
victories against current Raging Wolf women’s champion Alexis
Davis, EliteXC veteran Shayna
Baszler and 2010 Strikeforce women’s welterweight tournament
winner Miesha Tate.
Kaufman trains out of the Zugec Ultimate Martial Arts camp in
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Coenen has not competed since she succumbed to third-round strikes
from Strikeforce women’s middleweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg”
Santos in January. A protégé of Martin de Jong, she has secured
more than half (12) of her 17 wins by submission. The 29-year-old
Golden Glory rep has never lost back-to-back fights.
Meanwhile, Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz will
appear at the event against a yet-to-be-named opponent.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cesar
Gracie, Diaz has posted 19 of his 22 victories by knockout,
technical knockout or submission. The volatile 27-year-old
Stockton, Calif., native will carry a seven-fight winning streak
into his next appearance. He has not competed since he submitted
Japanese veteran Hayato “Mach” Sakurai with an armbar at Dream 14
in May. Diaz received a three-month suspension for his role in a
post-fight melee at a Strikeforce show four months ago in
Nashville, Tenn. Wins over former EliteXC middleweight champion
Lawler, one-time UFC middleweight kingpin Frank
Shamrock and current Dream welterweight titleholder Marius
Zaromskis dot his resume.
Finally, 2000 Olympic silver medalist Matt
Lindland will lock horns with once-beaten American Kickboxing
Academy prospect Luke
Rockhold in a featured middleweight duel.
Lindland last competed in May, when he stopped Kevin Casey
on third-round punches at Strikeforce Challengers 8. The victory
halted the first two-fight losing streak of his career. A
professional since 1997, Lindland, now 40, counts wins over former
UFC welterweight champions Pat Miletich
Newton among his 22 career conquests.
Rockhold will carry a six-fight winning streak into the match. A
brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Dave Camarillo, the
25-year-old Santa Cruz, Calif., native has not fought since he
scored a first-round technical knockout against Paul
Bradley at Strikeforce Challengers 6 in February. In fact, none
of Rockhold’s seven professional bouts have reached the second
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