Ariel Helwani makes the case for Tara LaRosa in Strikeforce:
Strikeforce is universally recognized as the unofficial home of female mixed martial arts. They've helped promote female fighters as much, if not more, than any organization out there. Yet for one reason or another, they have not signed LaRosa. Instead, the San Jose-based promotion has been forced to rebook fighters like Scott Smith and Nick Diaz two months after they last fought to fill up their upcoming June 6 card on Showtime.
Why not sign LaRosa, a free agent, to help build their female stable? Remember, female fighters are the one thing Strikeforce has that the UFC doesn't. If the best 205-pound fighters strive to fight in the UFC, the same can be said about female fighters looking to land a spot in Strikeforce. LaRosa is ready, willing and able. What else does she need to do to get noticed?
As Helwani points out, it's not like Strikeforce couldn't benefit from some added depth in their line-up. The female side of the sport is one area where Zuffa isn't even attempting to compete. If Coker believes that there's a profitable market for female fighting, why not load up the roster now? Should Strikeforce sign LaRosa, it would be a definite signal that the promotion is serious about providing a competitive, talent-rich environment for the women and their fans.
On a different but very much related front, there's an offer on the table from Sarah Kaufman to fight Miesha Tate as a replacement for Kim Couture. What Coker and company do in regard to this situation should also shed some light on where they're going with the women's division(s). One can only hope that Strikeforce will take Kaufman up on her offer, and make that match happen.
Below is a video from Fox Fight Game where both LaRosa and Helwani are panelists. A lot of ground is covered here, and LaRosa gives some real insight into a number of the issues facing women in MMA. Check it out: