Though bout agreements have not yet been signed, Sherdog.com
confirmed with a source close to the bout Tuesday that the matchup
is in the works.
Expected to go down July 22, the event will mark the first
Strikeforce Challengers event held at the Palms Casino Resort in
Las Vegas, which has been announced as the site of all future
Challengers shows. A welterweight rubber match between Bobby
Voelker and Roger
Bowling will likely top the card, though the bout has not yet
been officially announced by the promotion.
Both Kaufman (Pictured) and Carmouche last faced reigning
Strikeforce women’s 135-pound champion Marloes
Coenen in their last Strikefource outings, and were tapped out
by the Dutch submission specialist.
Kaufman held the title when she met Coenen in October. In a highly
competitive bout that saw both women put forth solid offense, it
was Coenen who walked away with the win -- and nearly with
Kaufman’s arm. After hitting a sweep to gain top position in the
third round, Kaufman began raining down violent ground and pound
before Coenen caught an appendage and applied a straight armbar for
Coenen’s first title defense came four months later against
powerful prospect Carmouche, a replacement for injured top
contender Miesha Tate.
Carmouche took over the fight as the rounds wore on, the
“Girl-Rilla” scoring repeated takedowns and dropping punches on the
champion. Coenen showed great heart, however, and managed to lock
up a triangle choke early in the fourth period to retain her title
in thrilling fashion.