Friday, July 13, 2012

HIROKO vs Germaine De Randamie added to Aug. 18 Strikeforce show

A third women's match has been added to the Aug. 18 Strikeforce show in San Diego headlined by Ronda Rousey vs Sarah Kaufman. It will be HIROKO vs Germaine De Randamie. I expect we will see Strikeforce burning a lot of contracts because I don't think anyone believes either of these fighters has championship potential. This fight will be on the prelims airing on Showtime Extreme and SuperChannel. The interesting thing is this fight will be at 135lb. More on that in a minute. The last time we saw HIROKO she was getting clobbered by Cris Cyborg last December. When Cris got caught with her hand in the steroid cookie jar, the match was ruled a no contest. So HIROKO's record is 12-1-1. She has never fought at 135 and she looked thin at 145. One has to wonder how much the weight cut will affect her. Germaine is probably one of the greatest female kickboxers of all time. But she has had problems picking up MMA. Her MMA record is 2-2. Her last fight was a loss to Julia Budd on the June 24, 2011 Strikeforce show. Germaine struggled on the ground and allowed Julia to lay on her for most of the fight. We'll see if she has improved. So Cris Cyborg has been claiming that by contract she can only fight at 145lb. There's no such thing in anyone's contract. In an interview last week with Sherdog, Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza said he understood that Cris was politicking to remain at 145 but he said there will only be a 135lb women's division in Strikeforce. So this fight sends a clear message to Cris Cyborg that she will have to make 135. Because both HIROKO and Germaine are 145lb fighters dropping to 135. We don't know if Cris can make 135 and we don't know what kind of fighter she will be at that weight. She doesn't know either but she has doubts or she wouldn't be politicking to stay at 145.

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