Thursday, July 05, 2012

Miesha Tate vs Julie Kedzie added to Aug. 18 Strikeforce show

On Monday Strikeforce announced that Miesha Tate vs Julie Kedzie has been added to the Aug. 18 show in San Diego. Though I expect the match to be a bit of a snoozer, the positioning of this match in the Strikeforce 135lb Championship landscape is very interesting. So is Miesha Tate returning too quickly? I don't know but I would not assume that if Miesha wins this fight that she gets a rematch against Ronda Rousey. She can't just win this fight. She has to win in a convincing manner. Two rounds of lay and pray followed by a surprise submission won't cut the mustard. And that could be a problem with Julie Kedzie. Though some still believe Julie is a top fighter, recent results say otherwise. But she is hard to finish. Her most recent fight was an uninspiring unanimous decision loss to Alexis Davis on the July 30, 2011 Strikeforce show. Before that, she won by unanimous decision over Kaitlin Young on the Apr. 9, 2011 Jackson's MMA show. This was one of the worst fights in recent memory. I thought it was a draw as both fighters stuck to light sparring and showed zero aggression. Julie hasn't finished a fight since 2008. And there could be extra pressure on these two to perform. On July 28, Sara McMann will face Shayna Baszler on the main event at Invicta FC. If either one of these fighters wins in a convincing manner and the match is a barnburner, that puts a lot of pressure on Miesha and Julie to outdo them. Because the winner at Invicta could leapfrog both of them. Can Miesha and Julie deliver a quality match? That's the big question that no one wants to ask.

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