MMA: Strikeforce CEO Talks Tate vs Rousey, Says There’s a “Fan Base for Female Fighting”

Speaking to Univision following this past Saturday’s UFC 143: Diaz vs Condit, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker addressed the upcoming main event fight between Ronda Rousey and Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate.

Coker said that there is a fan base out there for women’s MMA based on ratings for previous female fights on Showtime. “”[On] Showtime, historically, when we have female fights on, the ratings are very good, so there is a fan base for female fighting and I think that this fight will do very well,” Coker said.

Speaking on the fight, Coker said: “This is most anticipated female fight in the history of Strikeforce, or I think [in] the history of female mixed martial arts, since the Gina Carano-Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ [Santos] fight that happened August of 2009.”

“I think that these women are great fighters and when you think about Ronda with the Olympic background — she’s a two-time Olympian and she [won a medal] in Judo in the last Olympics in Beijing.”

“Miesha’s coming off of a very big win against Marloes Coenen, who was champion at that time and a lot of the fans and media thought Miesha was going to lose that fight, and then she submitted her which has never happened to Marloes before.”

He adds: “Now you have two attractive girls about to fight, but don’t be deceived by their looks because these girls can really fight. They’re very fast, they’re dangerous, they’re explosive, and it’s going to be a great match-up on [March 3rd].”

Watch the interview here.

Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey takes place on March 3rd and will air on Showtime from 10pm ET.

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