Kim Couture will meet Meisha Tate in the debut of the promotion’s "Challenger Series" on May 15 in Fresno, Calif. Strikeforce confirmed the fight via its official website.
The bout will be contested in three five-minute rounds, a break from the standard three-minute rounds allotted by the California State Athletic Commission for women’s bouts.
I may well be wrong about the current state of Kim Couture's skills, but I can't see her holding her own against someone with Miesha Tate's ability and experience. Her only loss coupled with five wins came at the hands of Kaitlin Young. Tate's wrestling background helped her control the visibly larger Elaina Maxwell en route to a decision victory. That fight was contested at 145.
In short, Tate is larger, has more fight experience and, in my judgment, has a more developed skillset than Couture. Personally, I don't like this matchup. On the surface, it doesn't look like a competitive affair at all.
--photo via Sherdog