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by Sharon Sanghera, March 2, 2012




Tickets Still Available for Blockbuster Event at Nationwide Arena

Main Card Live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Preliminary Card Live on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8 p.m. ET/PT

 COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 2, 2012) -  Female MMA stars Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey had a heated faceoff during Friday’s weigh in at the Columbus Convention Center as part of the Arnold Classic, just one day before Saturday night’s STRIKEFORCE Women’s Bantamweight Championship, LIVE on SHOWTIME®  at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), from Nationwide Arena.

All 18 fighters participating in Saturday’s MMA event weighed in at the annual bodybuilding competition named after Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Tate (12-2), of Yakima, Wash., will make the first defense of her title since shocking the MMA world and tapping out submission expert Marloes Coenen last July.  The aggressive wrestling expert may face her toughest opponent to date in Rousey (4-0), of Venice, Calif., the 2008 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist in Women’s Judo.

In the co-feature, former STRIKEFORCE Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson (18-4, 1 NC), of San Jose, Calif., will face the hard-hitting KJ Noons (10-3), of San Diego, Calif.

A four-fight preliminary card televised LIVE on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) will precede the five-fight main card on SHOWTIME.

Main card (Showtime):

Miesha Tate (134.5) vs. Ronda Rousey (134.5)
K.J. Noons (156) vs. Josh Thomson (155)
Paul Daley (171) vs. Kazuo Misaki (169.5)
Bristol Marunde (184) vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (184.5)
Lumumba Sayers (185) vs. Scott Smith (186)

Preliminary card (Showtime Extreme):

Alexis Davis (135.5) vs. Sarah Kaufman (135.5)
Caros Fodor (155.5) vs. Pat Healy (155)
Ryan Couture (154) vs. Conor Heun (155)
Roger Bowling (170) vs. Brandon Saling (170.5)

Mauro Ranallo will call the action alongside analysts Frank Shamrock and Pat Miletich with Heidi Androl serving as cageside reporter. The executive producer is David Dinkins Jr.


The event will emanate from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  Tickets for STRIKEFORCE®: TATE vs. ROUSEY are still available and are priced at $125, $75, $45 and $25. Tickets are available at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster locations, at or 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and ticket outlets at Chiller Dublin, Chiller Easton.  Applicable service charges may apply.

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