Women’s MMA isn’t playing with a blank checkbook, and Miesha Tate knows that.
Four months after the acquisition of Strikeforce by UFC parent company Zuffa LLC, an uncertain future awaits the women who fight for the promotion, to say nothing of the promotion itself. Official assurances have been made that they’ll continue to be on the big stage. But when the parent company’s attitude toward women’s is skeptical, it’s hard not to see trouble on the horizon.
Tate (11-2 MMA, 4-1 SF) and her champion counterpart, Marloes Coenen (19-4 MMA, 3-1 SF), are then left with the task of convincing Zuffa that women’s MMA is a viable part of Strikeforce’s future. And when they meet Saturday in the co-main event of "Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson," Tate, for her part, is planning to do that when she vies for Coenen’s welterweight belt.