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Rousey-Kaufman Targeted for ‘Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy’

Following last night’s Strikeforce: Grand Prix Finale event, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed the likely return date for women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Coker told media gathered at the post-fight press conference that it’s probable Rousey will be meeting her next opponent, Sarah Kaufman, at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy this summer.

“I believe she’ll be fighting on that card, but it’s not official yet,” said Coker.

If added to the card, Rousey-Kaufman would be the third title fight on the lineup. Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will be defending his title against Tim Kennedy in the night’s main event, while Nate Marquardt and Tyron Woodley will do battle for the promotion’s vacant welterweight title.

Rousey captured the Strikeforce belt in just her fifth professional fight, finishing Miesha Tate this past March as she has all of her previous opponents: by first-round armbar. The former judo Olympian will be attempting her first title defense against Kaufman.

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine is scheduled to take place on July 14 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

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