After earning her shot at the Strikeforce women’s welterweight championship by winning a two-fight, one-night tournament in August of last year, Meisha Tate was forced out of action with a knee injury.
Now, almost a year later, she will finally get the chance to square off against women’s welterweight champ Marloes Coenen. The two meet tomorrow night in the co-main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson in a bout which the 24-year-old Tate believes is a landmark one for women’s MMA.
“I think especially since we’ve merged under the Zuffa umbrella that we’re going to be getting a lot more eyes watching us, and I think this is going to be a big mile marker in the evolution of women’s MMA,” she said at the pre-fight press conference.
Tate believes that it’s her’s and Coenen’s responsibility to deliver fireworks tomorrow night to prove the value of women’s MMA.
“We’re going to have two talented, top 135lbs. representatives, and I think Marloes and myself are going to put on a great fight,” Tate said. “It’s just important that we do so. I’m really motivated to be exciting, to be entertaining, and I’m hoping for a war so that we can really say that this is what women’s MMA is all about. So it’s definitely important.”
Check out highlights of the pre-fight presser courtesy MMAFighting.com below.