Sarah Kaufman to Fight for Strikeforce Title
British Columbia’s Sarah Kaufman will fight Takayo Hashi for the Strikeforce Women’s 135 lb title. The fight, which will be shown on Showtime on February 26, will be the co-main event for the Strikeforce Challengers card. The bout will be televised on Superchannel in Canada.
Kaufman, who trains out of ZUMA in Victoria, was rumored to fight in several promotions but was holding out hope for the Strikeforce title shot. “I’m really excited for the title fight against Hashi,” Kaufman told Top MMA News. “She is a tough opponent with a 12-1 record and has beaten good fighters like Amanda Buckner.”
Sarah has torn through the Women’s Bantamweight division defeating all opponents including Miesha Tate, Shayna Baszler, and Canada’s Alexis Davis on the way to her perfect 10-0 record. Sarah’s opponent, Hashi, is primarily a grappler with an equally impressive record who will undoubtedly try to bring the fight with Kaufman to the ground. Kaufman is not concerned and says, “”I believe that I am better than her in all areas and I will be looking for the knockout.”
Sarah’s long time trainer, Adam Zugec, expects Hashi to try to take Sarah down, but feels she will not be able to due to his student’s superior wrestling. The fight will be held in San Jose and is scheduled for five rounds of five minutes, however it does not sound like Kaufman will need that much time according to her trainer.
“This is the fight that Sarah has been waiting for,” exclaimed an energetic Zugec. “Sarah has been overlooked by the MMA community and she is going to finish this fight with an exclamation mark!” Adam continued, “I believe that Sarah will leave the rest of the pack (of the women’s MMA division) behind. This will be a BJ Penn or Fedor type fight. She is going to show the world how great she really is and she is going to show Strikeforce how great she is. Sarah is going to really, really, really, show some violence”